War of the Rebellion: Serial 086 Page 0244 LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI. Chapter LIII.

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MOUND CITY, October 25, 1864.

General DAVIES:

Reached here at daylight this morning after a forced and rapid march from Paola. This town had a narrow escape. Enemy's flankers in plan view on the heights around the town when battle opened six miles distant. This has been a crushing day for Price, and his retreat is in great disorder. He is abandoning everything and is so closely pressed I don't think he will be able to molest Fort Scott much. Moonlight moved on enemy's flank for that place at the same moment the battle was fairly begun. I just hear that another battery, and his last, has been taken from the enemy.

DRAKE,

Lieutenant-Colonel.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. DISTRICT OF NEBRASKA, Numbers 107.

Omaha, Nebr. Terr., October 25, 1864.

I. Major O'Brien, district engineer, will proceed west to examine and direct the construction of the defenses on the line of the overland stage route, proceeding as far as Julesburg, Colo. Terr.

By command of Brigadier General Robert B. Mitchell:

JNO. PRATT,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

DAVENPORT, October 25, 1864.

Major General JOHN POPE:

I advise that the whole lower tier of counties in this State be placed under martial law, and that J. M. Hiatt, mayor of Keokuk, be appointed provost-marshal.

N. B. BAKER,

Adjutant-General of Iowa.

DAVENPORT, October 25, 1864.

Major-General POPE,

Commanding:

My advise is to arm the convalescents at Keokuk, and put a good commander there and send good arms and ammunition.

N. B. BAKER,

Adjutant-General.

MILWAUKEE, October 25, 1864.

N. B. BAKER,

Adjutant-General, Davenport, Iowa:

Brigadier-General Smith leaves for Keokuk to-day to attend to matters on southern border.

J. F. MELINE,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.