War of the Rebellion: Serial 086 Page 0132 LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI. Chapter LIII.

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SPECIAL FIELD ORDERS, HDQRS. DEPT. OF THE MISSOURI, Numbers 6.

Sedalia, Mo., October 20, 1864.

I. Colonel L. Blanden, Ninety-fifth Illinois Infantry, is assigned to the command of the post of Sedalia. Lieutenant Colonel S. H. Melcher, acting aide-de-camp, will have special charge, as a staff officer, of collecting and transmitting intelligence, and besides have command of the cavalry at this post. Colonel Blanden will attend particularly to the safety of the post and the supplies there and the receiving and transmitting of stores for the army in front. He will also see that dispatches, &c., for the general commanding are forwarded promptly.

By command of Major-General Rosecrans:

J. F. BENNETT,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

SAINT LOUIS, October 20, 1864.

Colonel J. V. DU BOIS,

Chief of Staff, Sedalia, Mo.:

Colonel Holmes telegraphs me from mexico that he will move to-morrow night from Renick with 700 infantry and 300 cavalry to Fayette, and thence operate eastward. I suppose he has heard of the rebel force of which I made mention in my dispatch yesterday from other quarters and thinks they are at Fayette. If you object to the movement advise me. I have sent one howitzer to Perruque bridge, on North Missouri Railroad, and ordered Holmes to send 300 of the infantry there. It is the only great bridge on the road.

THOMAS EWING, JR.,

Brigadier-General.

SPECIAL ORDERS, HEADQUARTERS SAINT LOUIS DISTRICT, Numbers 221.

Saint Louis, Mo., October 20, 1864.

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4. Companies A, C, and D, Tenth Kansas Veteran Volunteers, will proceed to-morrow morning on the 8.40 train to Pilot Knob and report to Major H. H. Williams for duty. The quartermaster's department will furnish the necessary transportation.

By order of Brigadier-General Ewing:

H. HANNAHS,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS SAINT LOUIS DISTRICT,

Saint Louis, Mo., October 20, 1864.

Major H. H. WILLIAMS,

Pilot Knob:

I send two [companies] and the detachment of a company of Tenth Kansas to Pilot Knob to-morrow. Lonergan has gone. Captain Dyer is on the road attending to the quartermaster's business of General Miller's militia command. I have telegraphed him to send a good agent to Pilot Knob to make issues there. I cannot get another quartermaster or commissary. I send Captain Schenck down to-morrow,