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HANNIBAL, MO., July 27, 1864.

Major-General ROSECRANS:

I have positive information that Salt River bridge, 150 feet long, is burned. This suspends all business on the road at present.

J. T. K. HAYWARD.

HANNIBAL, July 27, 1864.

General FISK:

The damage done so far as I can learn, is as follows: Salt River bridge, 150 feet span, burned, with water-tank and block-house. Depots at Lakenan and Shelbina burnt. One house burnt at bridge. Only thirty-six bushwhackers engaged in it. We have the man here who fed the party last night, a rebel. I shall send passenger trains regularly and transfer at bridge. It will take from three to five days to make bridge passable; and bridges should be guarded. A small force will do.

J. T. K. HAYWARD,

Colonel, &c.

SAINT JOSEPH, July 27, 1864.

Colonel J. T. K. HAYWARD,

Hannibal:

I ordered guards to the bridge last night. We must take care of the railroad. The rebels of Monroe and Shelby Counties must rebuild the bridges. Such will be my orders all along the line, and I will enforce it, unless my superiors stop me.

CLINTON B. FISK,

Brigadier-General.

SAINT JOSEPH, July 27, 1864.

Colonel J. T. K. HAYWARD,

Hannibal:

Please make me schedule of bridges and block-houses, together with the number of men required at each point.

CLINTON B. FISK,

Brigadier-General.

HANNIBAL, July 27, 1864.

General C. B. FISK:

I think, if possible, you should put guards in all block-houses on the road at once. A few men would hold them. I have ordered Lancaster to make his company as full as possible, and to mount his men; those who have not horses, to borrow from men of known disloyalty and to report here for duty. Captain Thacher, of Canton, has 100 stand of arms. I have ordered his men on duty. Colonel Kutzner is here with authority to raise a regiment of six-months' men, headquarters here. I shall have to borrow some horses for Meredith and send them into the