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HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF NORTH MISSOURI, Glasgow, Mo., September 27, 1864.

General DOUGLASS,

In the Field, near Fayette:

GENERAL: Anderson and his friends captured the train from Saint Louis to-day at Centralia Station, killed 21 soldiers who were

on the train, robbed the passengers, and burned the cars. I hear that Major Johnson's force from Paris had a fight with them soon after and were repulsed. The concentration is evidently in that direction. Lose no time in getting your forces after them. They will probably come into Boone or Howard.

Respectfully, &c.,

CLINTON B. FISK,

Brigadier-General.

HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF NORTH MISSOURI, Glasgow, Mo., September 27, 1864.

Brigadier-General DOUGLASS,

In the Field:

GENERAL: I am just in receipt of information that Major Johnston, with a force from Paris, had a fight with the guerrillas at Centralia subsequent to the capture and burning of the train. Major Johnston was killed and several of his men. I have news from Lieutenant-Colonel Draper, who is moving from Renick toward Centralia. He says the guerrillas are concentrating in great numbers, nearly 600 strong. Move with promptness and strike with determination.

I am, general, respectfully, your obedient servant,

CLINTON B. FISK,

Brigadier-General.

MEXICO, MO., September 27, 1864.

Captain J. F. BENNETT,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

We have just learned that Bill Anderson captured the express train this morning at Centralia and killed above 30 soldiers and burned the freight train and depot. All our cavalry are out on duty. We cannot reach General Douglass or Fisk by telegraph. Lines are down.

JOHN McDERMOTT,

Major, Commanding.

LIBERTY, MO., September 27, 1864.

Brigadier-General FISK:

Several prominent rebels have entered this county, men of great influence. Send me two companies of cavalry forthwith. My force is too small to do more than protect the town. Send immediately. The case is urgent. Let me know if you can supply me.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

D. C. McMICHAEL,

Captain, Commanding Post.