War of the Rebellion: Serial 086 Page 0186 LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI. Chapter LIII.

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Ground. Allow no one to communicate with the flag under any circumstances. If you have no provisions for them make requisition on the citizens of Lexington.

JOHN V. DU BOIS,

Colonel and Chief of Staff.

LEXINGTON, MO., October 22, 1864-8 a. m.

Commanding OFFICER IN CHARGE OF AMMUNITION TRAIN,

On Sedalia road:

Turn back your train. You must go to Warrensburg. Orders sent to commanding officer of Sedalia.

JOHN V. DU BOIS,

Colonel, &c.

LEXINGTON, MO., October 22, 1864.

COMMANDING OFFICER,

Springfield, Mo.:

Price will probably go by Kansas border. Push your scouts out and worry them all you can. Leave post safe with footmen and do all you can with horsemen.

JOHN V. DU BOIS,

Colonel, &c.

LEXINGTON, MO., October 22, 1864.

COMMANDING OFFICER,

Springfield, Mo.:

Price will probably go by Kansas border. Push your scouts out and worry them all you can. Leave post safe with footmen and do all you can with horsemen.

JOHN V. DU BOIS,

Colonel and Chief of Staff.

LEXINGTON, MO., October 22, 1864 -8.30 p. m.

COMMANDING OFFICER,

Springfield, Mo.:

Send two separate couriers to Fort Scott-separate messages-to warn Colonel Blair to expect an attack.

JOHN V. DU BOIS,

Colonel and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF SOUTHWEST MISSOURI, Springfield, Mo., October 22, 1864.

Colonel J. V. DU BOIS,

Chief of Staff, Saint Louis:

A large force of the Enrolled Missouri Militia are now in active service in this district. They may be needed thirty days longer. A majority are destitute of blankets and necessary clothing. I am compelled to use them. Their officers are unwilling for them to do duty unless they are clothed to distinguish them from the enemy. White communication with department headquarters was closed I took the responsibility to issue overcoats to distinguish them and as a substitute for blankets. General Holland and Colonel Phelps assure me that a majority are barefooted and cannot purchase without distressing their families. Pleas authorize me to issue such articles of clothing as may be actually necessary for the health of these troops. Pleas answer immediately.

J. D. BRUTSCHE,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.