War of the Rebellion: Serial 086 Page 0116 LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI. Chapter LIII.

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HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE BORDER,

Independence, October 19, 1864-6 p. m.

General ROSECRANS:

Price wrote rebel officer yesterday to join him at Keiser's farm, ten miles east of Waverly, to fight 25,000 cavalry that was coming down on him. Scouts southeast report rebel scouts ordered to join Price at Waverly. My advance cavalry, under Blunt, at Lexington.

S. R. CURTIS,

Major-General.

CALIFORNIA, October 19, 1864.

Major-General CURTIS:

Will answer from Tipton in forty minutes.

W. S. ROSECRANS,

Major-General.

TIPTON, MO., October 19, 1864-10 p. m.

Major-General CURTIS,

Independence:

I have not sufficient information to confirm your report that Price is east of Waverly. Our report from the front this morning was that he was moving west. In either case your column should close toward Lexington by a forced march. Our infantry can close on him by a forced march of twenty hours. We are preparing to prevent him from taking the back way. We will telegraph you further as soon as we get information from the front.

W. S. ROSECRANS,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE BORDER,

Independence, Mo., October 19, 1864.

Major S. S. CURTIS,

Fort Leavenworth:

Have steamer Tom Morgan running as a patrol above and below, as circumstances may seem to require. No special news to-night except Rosecrans reports Price moving toward Lexington. All well.

S. R. CURTIS,

Major-General.

INDEPENDENCE, October 19, 1864.

Major S. S. CURTIS,

Aide-de-Camp, Fort Leavenworth:

The general directs that you mount every dismounted man of the Sixteenth [Kansas] at the fort from any horses there and send them forward with their officers. Captain Hinton will go to the fort to-morrow to hurry forward troops to the front. After Colonel Cloud has mounted his men take the horses bought for Thayer and mount every cavalryman there.

C. S. CHARLOT,

Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.