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in better condition than ours? This is the place to make the fight, if the enemy advance in force on this line. I would suggest that you come down and examine this position if you have time.

JAS. G. BLUNT,

Major-General.

P. S.-I have sent operator to Independence for instrument and ground wire, so that I can top the wire here. Please do what you can to facilitate him.

J. G. B.

INDEPENDENCE, October 20, 1864-8 a. m.

COMMANDING OFFICER,

Lawrence:

Rebels captured Lexington yesterday at 2 p. m., driving out Blunt, with small loss. Blunt's command is falling back on this place, not pursued, as far as heard from. Rosecrans telegraphs from Sedalia, at 5 o'clock this morning, that he thinks the force at Lexington is only a feint, and that Price will attempt to go south, over Lexington is only a feint, and that Price will attempt to go south, over Shelby's route, near Syracuse. Rosecrans' cavalry near Lexington, infantry at Brownsville; all moving on Lexington by forced marches, and must strike Price to-day.l If Rosecrans is not repulsed we shall feel Price in this locality soon. There is not the least alarm here.

GEO. W. DEITZLER,

Major-General, Kansas State Militia.

SPECIAL ORDERS, HEADQUARTERS KANSAS STATE MILITIA, Numbers 15.

Camp at Shawnee, Kans., October 20, 1864.

I. The commanding officer First Brigade will, on receipt of this order, move the Second Kansas State Militia, Colonel Veale commanding, and the Twenty-first Kansas State Militia, Colonel Lowe commanding, to the crossing of the Big Blue, near Hickman Mills, Mo.

II. The officers commanding this force, on arriving at the point designated, will proceed at once to fortify that crossing for defensive purposes, and picket thoroughly the country on the opposite side.

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By order of Major-General Deitzler, Kansas State Militia:

JOHN T. MORTON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF KANSAS,

Fort Leavenworth, October 20, 1864.

Brigadier General B. SHERRY,

Atchison:

General Blunt had a fight with Price between Wellington and Lexington. How many men can you send us?

JOHN WILLANS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.