JULESBURG, August 8, 1864.
Since my dispatch to Major S. S. Curtis this morning there have been two additional attacks on this route. One at Dogtown, east of Kearny ten miles. One mounted company gone in pursuit of Indians from Plum Creek, and the other dismounted. Half the troops in this district on foot.
R. B. MITCHELL,
OMAHA, August 8, 1864.
Please keep me posted as to your movements and those of troops so long as you are on line of communication. It is impossible for me to keep up reports, or to know anything of the position of troops otherwise.
OMAHA, NEBR. TER., August 8, 1864.
Colonel S. W. SUMMERS,
Seventh Iowa Cavalry, Fort Kearny, Nebr. Ter.:
You can communicate with General Mitchell at Julesburg. The ordnance department forbids the issue of arms to citizens. The application sent to Washington was returned. I will see the Governor and try and get some of the Territorial arms sent out.
DENVER, August 8, 1864.
Of course you have news of outrages near Plum Creek. We are in a desperate condition on account of our communications being cut off by Indians. The route will have to be patrolled or we are cut off. Militia are so defective we can't hold troops away from home. Station camps at points along the line as far up as Junction, and gather emigrants along in companies and escort from camp to camp.
HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF COLORADO,
Denver, August 8, 1864.
Major General S. R. CURTIS,
Department of Kansas:
GENERAL: I am just in receipt of your dated Fort Larned, July 30, 1864, and have the honor to say in reply I regretted exceedingly at the time that Major Wynkoop did not send forward the troops instead of