War of the Rebellion: Serial 086 Page 0221 Chapter LIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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HEADQUARTERS SAINT LOUIS DISTRICT,

Saint Louis, Mo., October 24, 1864.

Colonel J. V. DU BOIS,

Chief of Staff, via Lexington, Mo.:

There are about 4,000 Enrolled Missouri Militia in camp and nominal service in my district along the two lines of railroad. I say about, because it is impossible to get returns from all of them. One-fourth of them would be of more service than all are, so far as the maintenance of these lines of road and the wants of my district are concerned. If there is no reason to expect the return this way of any considerable part of Price's command I hope the general commanding will give me authority to relieve from duty all I do not need. The Iron Mountain line is complete to South Big River bridge, fifteen miles this side of Pilot Knob. It will take five or six days to complete that. I have the fort well garrisoned, the guns being remounted and a good supply of artillery ammunition on hand.

THOMAS EWING, JR.,

Brigadier-General.

LITTLE SANTA FE, MO., October 24, 1864-6 p. m.

Brigadier General THOMAS EWING, Jr.,

Saint Louis, Mo.:

Order the Tenth Regiment Enrolled Missouri Militia, Colonel Hildebrand, to Hermann, by request of General Pike.

JOHN V. DU BOIS,

Colonel and Chief of Staff.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HEADQUARTERS SAINT LOUIS DISTRICT, Numbers 225.

Saint Louis, Mo., October 24, 1864.

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3. Brigadier-General Pike will assume command of all the troops at Franklin, Washington, Hermann, and those furnishing details for the pioneer corps in the reconstruction of the Moselle and Meramec railroad bridges, Southwest Branch Pacific Railroad. General Pike will establish his headquarters at Franklin, and cause a consolidated morning report of the troops in that command to be made out at once and forwarded to these headquarters.

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By order of Brigadier-General Ewing:

H. HANNAHS,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS SAINT LOUIS DISTRICT,

Saint Louis, Mo., October 24, 1864.

Major H. H. WILLIAMS,

Pilot Knob:

Do you wish to go to Kansas? I can let you go now, though if you do not want to go there I want to keep you at Pilot Knob. Kansas City is all right. They had a fight near Hickman Mills yesterday, the