War of the Rebellion: Serial 086 Page 0012 LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI. Chapter LIII.

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HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF SOUTHWEST MISSOURI,

Springfield, Mo., October 16, 1864.

Colonel DU BOIS,

Chief of Staff, Jefferson City:

I have reliable information that Cooper, Burke & Co. are gathering corn, &c., and running all the mills in Northwest Arkansas for Price's army.

J. D. BRUTSCHE,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF SOUTHWEST MISSOURI,

Springfield, Mo., October 16, 1864.

Major MELTON,

Cassville:

Send my dispatch* to Major Burch, via Neosho, at once. Burch at this time is in Benton County with 400 men. Don't delay. When will you leave Cassville?

J. D. BRUTSCHE,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF SOUTHWEST MISSOURI,

Springfield, Mo., October 16, 1864.

Major MILTON BURCH,

Eighth Missouri State Militia Cavalry:

You will immediately upon receipt of this order Major Morgan and Captain Ray with their commands to proceed by forced marches to Springfield. If in your opinion you can hold Neosho ten days with 200 men, you will order all the troops above that number to Springfield at once. The enemy are at Sedalia, moving south. You cannot hold Neosho with your battalion if Price moves that way, hence the necessity of sending every man not needed for immediate defense to hold Springfield. In any event send Major Morgan's and Captain Ray's commands to this place at once and hold yourself in readiness at Neosho to move at a moment's notice. Keep out scouts in every direction and don't be surprised, by, and keep Fayetteville advised of the movements of, the enemy. When you have reliable information that Price is moving on Neosho let the post go and save your command.

J. D. BRUTSCHE,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF SOUTHWEST MISSOURI,

Springfield, Mo., October 16, 1864.

Colonel HARRISON:

The enemy are at Sedalia moving south. I propose keeping Major Galloway here. If matters get worse he will enable me to keep you posted. If you will remain at Cassville for the purpose of keeping up communication I will keep the operator there. You can lose nothing by remaining at Cassville.

J. D. BRUTSCHE,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

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*See next, post.

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