War of the Rebellion: Serial 086 Page 0039 Chapter LIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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LAWSON'S, MO., October 17, 1864.

General EWING:

There must be a mistake upon the part of your informant about the soldiers leaving Potosi. A gentleman who passed through there about 10 a.m.; told me that my troops were in the court-house. The scout I sent out found them there when they arrived, and your dispatch is the first intimation I have had that any of them left. I will have the matter thoroughly investigated and advise you of the result.

MADISON MILLER,

Brigadier-General.

HEADQUARTERS SAINT LOUIS DISTRICT,

Saint Louis, Mo., October 17, 1864.

Brigadier-General PIKE,

Washington, Mo.:

Send 400 infantry under good officers to Meramec bridge, on Southwest Branch, the commanding officer to furnish all details called for in the construction of the bridges by Captain Flanigan, superintending construction. Answer.

THOMAS EWING, JR.,

Brigadier-General.

WASHINGTON, MO., October 17, 1864.

Lieutenant HANNAHS,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General:

The general commanding desires to know whether General Wolff's brigade, at Jefferson City, is under his immediate command. He has no copy of order detaching any part of his command, which consisted of First, Second, and Third Brigades, First District Enrolled Missouri Militia. The State adjutant-general advises him that he knows of no order reducing his command.

JULIUS PITZMAN,

Major and Aide-de-Camp.

HEADQUARTERS SAINT LOUIS DISTRICT,

Saint Louis, Mo., October 17, 1864.

Brigadier-General PIKE,

Washington, Mo.:

The general commanding directs me to say to you that General Wolff's brigade, at Jefferson City, is not considered as under your immediate command. It is understood that General Wolff's brigade was sent to Jefferson City by competent authority, and that placed it outside your jurisdiction until it is returned to you.

H. HANNAHS,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS SAINT LOUIS DISTRICT,

Saint Louis, October 17, 1864.

Brigadier-General PIKE,

Washington:

The general commanding directs that you furnish assistance to Lieutenant-Colonel Klinge, at Hermann, as in your judgment he may need.