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of troops will immediately furnish these headquarters with a report of the strength of their commands and their situations, addressing all communications to Captain D. J. Craigie, assistant adjutant-general.

THOS. A. DAVIES,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

FORT SCOTT, October 31, 1864.

Brigadier General THOMAS A. DAVIES:

General Blunt fought Price at Newtonia Friday afternoon, and thrashed him out again. The fight was obstinate and desperate from 4 o'clock till 8, when the enemy gave way, badly worsted. General Sanborn came up just in time to see the termination. Lieutenant Pond, Third Wisconsin Cavalry, brings the news. He says it was the best fight yet. Our forces are still pursuing, and the enemy almost fagged out.

CHAS. W. BLAIR,

Colonel, Commanding.

GADFLY, October 31, 1864-1 p. m.

Colonel BENTEEN:

I see no sign of Price this way, and shall turn toward Keetsville supposing he may not have gone to Cassville. If you find Price has not been at Cassville, turn down on his trail so as to join me, and leave directions for other troops to do likewise.

S. R. CURTIS,

Major-General.

WESTON, MO., October 31, 1864.

General DAVIES:

A large force of rebels will attempt to-day and to-night to cross the river below Parkville. I march this a.m. to intercept them, if possible. They are loaded with plunder.

HILLIARD,

Major.

FORT LEAVENWORTH, October 31, 1864.

Major HILLIARD, Weston, Mo.:

Where do you get your information in reference to rebel force about to cross the river below Parkville? How many are there of the rebels and whose force is it?

JOHN WILLANS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

WESTON, October 31, 1864.

Captain WILLANS, Assistant Adjutant-General:

Your dispatch received. Cannot give you the desired information, as Major Hilliard has left the post with his command. Marched in the direction of Parkville.

ED. SCHELSKY,

Captain, Commanding.