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KANSAS CITY, October 22, 1864.

Mrs. CURTIS:

It is certain that among the rebels killed yesterday the notorious Todd, one of the murderers of our son, was one among many who were killed. Their loss was much heavier than mine. They are retreating southwest, but fighting us hard.

S. R. CURTIS,

Major-General.

KANSAS CITY, October 22, 1864.

Captain D. S. VITTUM:

The enemy flanked our position to-day, and we have fallen back to this place, where we expect to fight them to-night. Pleasonton is pressing Price's rear.

C. W. BLAIR,

Colonel Commanding Third Brigadier, First Div., Army of the Border.

KANSAS CITY, October 22, 1864.

Captain JOHN WILLIAMS:

We have had smart fighting all the afternoon, but have fallen back to Kansas City. No casualties of note; several wounded.

GEO. J. CLARK,

Captain and Aide-de-Camp.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE BORDER, In the Field, October 22, 1864-11 a. m.

Major-General BLUNT:

The general directs that I send to you the following dispatch, just received from one of my signal officers stationed on the extreme left of our line:

SIGNAL STATION, Extreme Left, on Big Blue-10 a. m.

Captain MEEKER,

Chief Signal Officer:

I have nothing on our extreme right, left, center, or front of interest to report. Have a good view of the road leading to Independence in three different places.

M. M. NEELY,

First Lieutenant and Acting Signal Officer.

Very respectfully,

ED. I. MEEKER,

Captain and Chief Signal Officer.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE BORDER, October 22, 1864-11.40 a. m.

Major-General BLUNT,

Commanding:

GENERAL: By direction of General Curtis I send the following:

SIGNAL STATION, Extreme Right--10.40 a. m.

Captain E. I. MEEKER,

Chief of Signal Officer:

CAPTAIN: There is a cavalry force on the prairie, nearly due south from here, six or eight miles distant. Can trace their line by the flash of their guidons about half