HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE BORDER,
Camp Charlot, October 18, 1864.
Brigadier-General FISHBACK, Paola:
You are released from arrest and will join your command.
By order of Major-General Curtis:
C. S. CHARLOT,
Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.
HEADQUARTERS SECOND COLORADO CAVALRY,
Independence, October 18, 1864.
Major C. S. CHARLOT,
Asst. Adjt. General, Department of Kansas, Kansas City, Mo.:
MAJOR: I have the honor to inform the major-general commanding that I have not as yet heard from Major Smith's scout toward Lexington, nor have I anything of importance to communicate of the enemy's movements.
I am, major, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
JAS. H. FORD,
INDEPENDENCE, October 18, 1864.
Major CHARLOT, Assistant Adjutant-General:
Advance guard of Major Smith just arrived; went into Lexington. Rebels had sacked the town and left for Waverly. Will give further particulars as soon as Major Smith arrives.*
KANSAS CITY, October 18, 1864.
If you have ordered Colonel Tracy, and he has refused to obey, arrest him and place him in close confinement at the fort, and send forward the command, arresting every officer in turn who refuses to obey the order to march to the front.
S. P. CURTIS,
FORT LEAVENWORTH, October 18, 1864.
I sent for Colonel Tracy on your last telegram. Found that the regiment moved to Atchison at daylight. At 10 o'clock last night I sent Colonel Tracy the following order:
SPECIAL ORDERS, HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF NORTH KANSAS, Numbers 125.
Fort Leavenworth, October 17, 1864.
1. By direction of Major-General Curtis, commanding Department of Kansas, Colonel Tracy, commanding Ninth Regiment Kansas State Militia, will immediately report to these headquarters for orders. He will not proceed at Atchison.
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By order of Brigadier-General Davies:
D. A. CRAIGIE,
*For Smith's report, see Part I, p. 612.
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