War of the Rebellion: Serial 084 Page 0248 LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI. Chapter LIII.

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HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF KANSAS,

Fort Leavenworth, July 18, 1864.

Colonel FORD,

Kansas City:

Arrived last night. Intelligent men from Ridgeley and Weston report squads of rebels from twenty to fifty strong prowling about Weston and Ridgeley swearing vengeance. They speak of Centreville, Clay County, as a rendezvous. You should have your headquarters at Weston, with, also, forces at Liberty and Parkville, and you need a strong moving force by land and water. You should have all your regiments and more, and have command of the sub-district. I still keep a picket in Weston, and will support you as far as possible.

S. R. CURTIS,

Major-General.

JEFFERSON CITY, July 18, 1864.

Colonel O. D. GREENE:

Battalion Third Cavalry Missouri State Militia has just arrived at this point.

ANGUS BARTLETT.

SPRINGFIELD, MO., July 18, 1864.

Major O. D. GREENE,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

The latest information from Arkansas is that Shelby and McCray have concentrated most of their force at a point on White River below Jacksonport, and are calling to that point all the rebel forces in Northern Arkansas, with the view of cutting General Steele's communication, and that Generals Shelby, McCray and company design making a raid into this State in heavy force in September. Everything is quiet throughout the district now. The farmers are securing a fair crop of grain and hay.

JOHN B. SANBORN,

Brigadier-General.

HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF SOUTHWEST MISSOURI,

Springfield, Mo., July 18, 1864.

Major O. D. GREENE,

Asst. Adjt. General, Dept. of the Missouri, Saint Louis, Mo.:

SIR: I have the honor to transmit herewith official copy of report of Major Milton Burch, Eighth Missouri State Militia Cavalry, commanding officer at Neosho, Mo., of date July 16, giving information of the condition of the county in the vicinity of Neosho, Mo., and of rebel forces south of that post.

I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

JOHN B. SANBORN,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.