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SAINT LOUIS, October 25, 1864-2.25 p. m.

Brigadier-General DOUGLASS,

Mexico, Mo.:

It is reported that Middletown, Montgomery County, is in danger. Cannot a company be stationed there? Use your discretion in the matter.

By order of Major-General Rosecrans:

FRANK ENO,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

MEXICO, October 25, 1864-2.30 p. m.

Captain FRANK ENO,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

I will make inquiries about the danger of Middletown, and will save it if I can; but it is very dangerous separating commands will we have the rebels in large bodies.

J. B. DOUGLASS,

Brigadier-General.

CHILLICOTHE, October 25, 1864.

Colonel J. H. SHANKLIN:

I send this morning 100 men, under Captain Winters, to Carrollton to re-enforce Captain Hoover. I did not send any force to Peter Ahle's. Anderson is reported to be in Carroll County, 200 strong. Killed five Union men yesterday evening.

F. M. JACKSON,

Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding Post.

SAINT JOSEPH, October 25, 1864.

Lieutenant Colonel F. M. JACKSON,

Chillicothe:

The order to send Captain Alley with 200 men to Kingston revoked. You will at once organize a force of 350 or 400 men and start it on the road to Coloma as soon as you can get it ready. Send either Major Ramage or Major King in command. Have fifty of the command with my orderly, horses, &c., at Utica. I will overtake the main force at Coloma or beyond to-morrow. Send six days' rations. If you cannot start the force to-night start it before day to-morrow morning. Let Captain Spence go in charge of the wagons. Hold the post with the remainder of the force. Observe the instructions of my last dispatch as to holding the men well in hand. Be prompt in getting the force, and let the major move direct toward the point of trouble.

J. H. SHANKLIN,

Colonel, Commanding.

HDQRS. SEVENTH MILITARY DISTRICT OF MISSOURI,

Saint Joseph, October 25, 1864.

Lieutenant Colonel S. P. COX,

Hamilton:

General Craig directs you move at once very cautiously in the direction of Liberty and form a junction with Major Pace at that place.

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