War of the Rebellion: Serial 084 Page 0299 Chapter LIII. CORRESPONDENCE,ETC.- UNION.

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SAINT JOSEPH, July 20, 1864.

GEORGE SMITH,

Cameron:

My force is all out in lower part of this county. If they get in during the night, shall re-enforce you from this point. If not, you must make the best possible fight you can with force you have. I am utterly powerless for want of troops. I hope to receive aid direct from the loyal people forthwith. I have asked 5,000 of such to join me in a bushwacking hunt. If they respond somebody will get hurt. Please keep in communication with my headquarters until we learn more of the movements of the villains.

CLINTON B. FISK,

Brigadier-General.

MACON, July 20, 1864.

General FISK:

There are wild rumors here this morning that rebels are marching on this place. I also got a telegram from Major Leonard inquiring whether they were going in direction of Glasgow. Our forces here is very small, the greater part of my company and about fifteen of Company C. All the rest are sick. I would like to have all information at your disposition concerning the matter.

ALBERT BRACKMAN,

Captain, Commanding.

BROOKFIELD, July 20, 1864.

General FISK:

Men are out after party of bushwhackers said to be on Grand River, southwest of this. I shall try and come to Saint Joseph this p.m. Will you be at headquarters to-morrow?

E. J. CRANDALL,

Captain.

SAINT JOSEPH, July 20, 1864.

Captain G. W. NOBLETT,

Breckinridge, Mo.:

I have no forces that I can send you. Thornton I understand is moving eastward. Can't you re-enforce the Utica party and go out after the villains? Colonel Swain, of Chillicothe, is organizing a force for the chase.

CLINTON B. FISK,

Brigadier-General.

SAINT JOSEPH, July 20, 1864-10 p.m.

COMMANDING OFFICERS PLATTSBURG AND CAMERON:

Information has just reached me from George Smith,of Caldwell, that Thornton's rebels are in possession of Kingston. Put every soldier and citizen on a war footing and march at once to attack the villains. Communicate and co-operate with the force at Cameron. Be prompt and vigilant. Let your force be as strong as you can make it. Answer.

CLINTON B. FISK,

Brigadier-General.