War of the Rebellion: Serial 086 Page 0157 Chapter LIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO., October 21, 1864.

General EWING:

I have not yet heard form the force I sent to Fredericktown and Pilot Knob, and as there was a telegraph operator with them I judge that the company intended for Fredericktown went to the Knob. I have ordered two companies of Enrolled Missouri Militia to be at Fredericktown next Friday with orders to report to Major Williams. Will you please notify him?


Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding.

OCTOBER 21, 1864.

Major-General SMITH,

Camp one mile and a half north of Cook's Store:

Pleasonton ordered to halt and wait your closing up. Get your men quickly in position, well closed up on Pleasonton. Move forward, but do not exhaust your men. Is your ammunition up? Pleasonton writes from Hempland 6.15 p. m. 20th instant.


Colonel and Chief of Staff.

TWO MILES NORTHWEST OF DUNKSBURG, October 21, 1864-8 a. m.

Major General A. J. SMITH:

Pleasonton is in lexington with McNeil's men (not in person). Push your command forward toward Lexington as rapidly as you can. We will see you to-day if we can reach you.


Colonel and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY DIVISION, Hempland, Mo., October 21, 1864-6 a. m.

Major-General ROSECRANS,

Commanding Department of the Missouri,in the Field:

GENERAL: Your dispatch from Dunksburg received. McNeil entered Lexington at 12 o'clock last night; was fired on; sustained no loss; captured 7 rebel soldiers; and reported that Price encamped last night at Wellington, eight miles of off, up river. Am moving my force to Lexington as rapidly as possible; will endeavor to overtake Price. Brown is twenty-five miles from Lexington, on Marshall road; Winslow twenty.

Very respectfully,



HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY DIVISION, Lexington, October 21, 1864-9.20 a. m.

Major-General ROSECRANS,

Commanding Department of the Missouri, in the Field:

GENERAL: Have arrived at this point. Enemy are pushing up the river, rear guard at Wellington this morning. Have ordered McNeil forward to Wellington. I will send forward the other commands as