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SAINT LOUIS, MO., August 1, 1864.

Governor YATES,

Springfield, Ill.:

Alton being in my department, the authority given me by the War Department to call out volunteers I think will justify me in calling for a regiment of troops from that vicinity, and, with your permission, I will undertake to do it. You request about Seventeenth Illinois will receive my urgent attention. Arms were ordered ten days ago. Letter about captain and quartermaster received. Please answer.

W. S. ROSECRANS,

Major-General.

SPRINGFIELD, ILL., August 1, 1864.

Major-General ROSECRANS:

I have already applied for authority at Washington to raise a regiment to do guard duty at Alton during the war, but receive no answer. Will you please communicate to me, by mail, in the morning stating the terms of your authority? There is a question as to how it would affect the draft. Could you confer upon me the authority to raise the regiment for you?

RICHARD YATES.

SPECIAL ORDERS, HEADQUARTERS SAINT LOUIS DISTRICT, Numbers 158.

Saint Louis, August 1, 1864.

1. The Tenth Enrolled Missouri Militia, having reported through the colonel commanding, Henry Hildebrand, pursuant to Special Orders, Numbers 62, headquarters First Military District, Enrolled Missouri Militia, will report for orders to Colonel J. H. Baker, commanding First Sub-District.

2. The Eighth Enrolled Missouri Militia, Colonel W. L. Catherwood commanding, is relieved from duty and will report to Brigadier-General Pike, commanding First Military District, Enrolled Missouri Militia.

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By order of Brigadier General Thomas Ewing, jr.:

H. HANNAHS,

Lieutenant and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS SAINT LOUIS DISTRICT,

Saint Louis, Mo., August 1, 1864.

Lieutenant-Colonel BURRIS,

Cape Girardeau:

I want four best disciplined companies of Second [Missouri State Militia] Cavalry sent immediately on your return from the scout to report to Colonel Tyler, at Pilot Knob. If Major McKay is able to take command send him with them; otherwise do not send a field officer with them. Answer, saying when they will start.

THOMAS EWING, JR.,

Brigadier-General.