Salina, Kans., October 26, 1864.
Lieutenant A. HELLIWELL,
Acting Assistant Adjutant-General:
LIEUTENANT: A number of Kaw Indians have just come in from a hunting expedition and report the Cheyenne and Kiowa Indians to be in large force forty miles from here up the Salina River. They also state that they had an engagement with them and were repulsed with the loss of two men. They propose going back and fighting, provided there are rations issued sufficient to last them and their families during their absence and a sufficient force sent them to insure safety. They also captured a Government horse. Said horse has been with me to be turned over to Government.
All of which is respectfully submitted.
Your obedient servant,
JACOB VAN ANTWERP,
First Lieutenant, Eleventh Kansas Volunteer Cavalry, Commanding Post.
HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF UPPER ARKANSAS,
Fort Riley, October 27, 1864.
Respectfully forwarded to department headquarters for the information of the general commanding.
Received here this day at 2 p. m. and is considered so reliable that I shall start at 5 p. m. with such force as can be spared to Salina, and follow them.
B. S. HENNING,
Major Third Wisconsin Cav. Vols., Commanding Dist. of Upper Ark.
HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF COLORADO,
Denver, Colo. Terr., October 26, 1864.
Major C. S. CHARLOT,
Asst. Adjt. General, Dept. of Kansas, Fort Leavenworth:
Received following telegram from Salt Lake, 22nd:
I am ordered by Secretary of War to give all protection in my power to overland stage between here and Fort Kearny. I contemplate going down with tow companies of my cavalry. Can we get a fight out of Indians this winter? Can you send grain out on road to meet my command? How many troops can you spare for a campaign? Answer.
P. E. CONNOR,
Brigadier-General, U. S. Army.
Have department lines been changed? If not, will I allow him to give direction to matters in this district? Line perfectly protected to Julesburg. The line this side Julesburg ought to be in this district, as my troops are taking care of it.
J. M. CHIVINGTON,
Colonel, Commanding District.
HDQRS. DEPARTMENT OF NEW MEXICO, Numbers 41.
Santa Fe, N. Mex., October 26, 1864.
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IV. As soon as Colonel Oscar M. Brown, First Cavalry California Volunteers, returns to Fort Craig, N. Mex., from his present field service,