HDQRS. FIRST DIVISION, ARMY OF THE BORDER,
In the Field, Hickman Mills, October 16, 1864.
Brigadier General W. H. M. FISHBACK,
Commanding Fifth Brigade, Kansas State Militia:
GENERAL: The major-general commanding the division directs me to acknowledge the receipt of a copy of your General Orders, Numbers 3, dated headquarters Fifth Brigade, Kansas State Militia, Hickman Mills, October 15, 1864,* and to say that the same is disapproved by him. He directs that you revoke the same immediately and report at once with your entire command to Colonel C. W. Blair, Fourteenth Kansas Volunteer Cavalry, commanding Third Brigade, for duty, as directed by General Field Orders, Numbers 2, from these headquarters.
GEO. S. HAMPTON,
WYANDOTTE, October 16, 1864.
Major Curtis, directs from Glasgow, thinks only very small parties of rebels are on north side of river. Ha says there are no columns moving on north side of river.
S. R. CURTIS,
FORT LEAVENWORTH, October 16, 1864.
The Ninth Kansas State Militia, from Doniphan County, are here. Armed the cavalry and issued rations to infantry. Ordered the infantry to proceed to Wyandotte by steamer Emilie and cavalry by land. They did not go. Said men would not move farther without blankets. They are here now waiting. I am fearful that they will not go. I shall do the best I can to urge them forward.
THOS. A. DAVIES,
HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF COLORADO,
Denver, October 16, 1864.
Major E. W. WYNKOOP,
First Cavalry of Colorado, Commanding at Fort Lyon:
MAJOR: I have the best of evidence that there are a large number of Indians on the Republican, and design to go after them. Revolvers have not come. The rascal who started with them left them at Atchison and took on some mining machinery. This leaves us with nothing but our muskets for the Third [Colorado Cavalry.] Send as quick as possible those Starr carbines. I have moved the Third out sixty miles, and will be after the Indians as soon as we can get those carbines. Would have had an order from General Curtis for them, but he and
*See Part III, p. 898.
#See Part I, p. 619.