War of the Rebellion: Serial 086 Page 0043 Chapter LIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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SEDALIA, October 17, 1864-10.30 p.m.

General SMITH:

SIR: The enemy were reported to be about twenty miles northwest of this place about 12 o'clock to-day, but in small force-about 2,000 men; the main force said to be about thirty miles northwest of this at Grand Pass.



SEDALIA, October 17, 1864-11 p.m.

General SMITH:

SIR: Lieutenant-Colonel Crittenden has just arrived from the front, and says General Sanborn has fallen back to a point fifteen miles northwest of this. Colonel Crittenden states that Sanborn has 6,000 cavalry and no infantry. He further states that Price is at Waverly to-night, which is about twenty miles east of Lexington, and his effective force is estimated at 14,000 men. Think that he will go to Lexington to-morrow.




October 17, 1864-12.20* a.m.

Captain SAMPLE,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

The commanding general of the department directs me to say that General Mower's division will move as soon as transportation can be prepared-probably by daylight to-morrow morning. See first to your ammunition, and have everything ready as quickly as possible.


Major and Aide-de-Camp.

TIPTON, October 17, 1864-9 p.m.

Colonel DU BOIS,

Chief of Staff:

Colonel Winslow's command is at California to-night, and Major Simonson is here. The latter sent out parties on the Pisgah and Bell Air roads. Nothing was observed on the Pisgah road, but near Bell Air a party of rebels, some 400 strong, were met, coming this way. They were attacked and driven back to a bridge, from which they could not be dislodged. Our force was only a squadron strong. Colonel Winslow's command will reach here to-morrow, when his whole force will be sent in the direction of Bell Air and Marston's Bridge, toward Marshall, to scout the country. No other information at this point.


Major-General, Commanding.


*Written before midnight of the 17th and sent 12.20 a.m. 18th;see p. 83.