War of the Rebellion: Serial 086 Page 0047 Chapter LIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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MEXICO, October 17, 1864-4.40 p.m.

Major FRANK S. BOND,

Jefferson City:

Major Majors is a rebel recruiting officer; has been recruiting for some time in Monroe County; said to have recruited 1,500 men besides the force with which he captured Paris; there are numerous small bands all over the country who will be flocking to him. Telegraphic communication with Macon has been cut off for twenty-four hours, and I have no news from Macon. I learn that the militia at Wellsville killed 15 of Anderson's men yesterday. No other news.

J. B. DOUGLASS,

Brigadier-General.

MEXICO, October 17, 1864-4.40 p.m.

Major-General ROSECRANS,

Jefferson City, Mo.:

Paroled prisoner from Paris just in reports that the rebel force left Paris on yesterday at 2 p.m. in the direction of Shelbina. Rebels were commanded by Colonel Wash. McDaniel.

J. B. DOUGLASS,

Brigadier-General.

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., October 17, 1864.

Brigadier General J. B. DOUGLASS,

Enrolled Missouri Militia, Mexico, Mo.:

You have force enough to destroy Majors. You shut yourself up and telegraph about Majors' doing what he pleases in your district. Don't you think if you killed a few of them it would improve the condition of your district?

JOHN V. DU BOIS,

Colonel and Chief of Staff.

MEXICO, October 17, 1864.

Colonel DU BOIS,

Chief of Staff:

The rebel forces outnumber me more than two to one, and unless I abandon posts and take all my forces in the field, they will outnumber me five to one when out. Shall I abandon posts now held by us and take the field with my whole force?

J. B. DOUGLASS,

Brigadier-General.

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., October 17, 1864-11 p.m.

Brigadier General J. B. DOUGLASS,

Enrolled Missouri Militia, Mexico, Mo.:

General Ewing will send to your district all the troops he can spare, under Colonel Rogers or Colonel Sam. A. Holmes. This officer will command all the troops in the field in your district. You will furnish him