CASSVILLE, November 3, 1864.
General Curtis was beyond Pea Ridge, moving on the Fayetteville road yesterday. Benteen was in advance. Price was supposed to be moving to right of Fayetteville.
J. A. MELTON,
Major, Commanding Post.
HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF SOUTHWEST MISSOURI,
Springfield, Mo., November 3, 1864.
Majors Moore and Hackett will receive orders from Colonel Gravely, who will reach Cassville in a few hours.
JOHN B. SANBORN,
LEBANON, [November] 3, 1864.
I have reports from Major Cosgrove. He has overtaken rebels near Hartville; rebels evacuated; two wagons loaded with kitchen furniture and beef. When messenger left major was moving on the left flank, trying to head the rebels and form junction with Colonel Palmer in Hartville. Palmer has eighty men. I have sent all the mounted men at the post save those of Companies G and D, who have returned from your command in the field. Rebels reported 600 strong.
D. A. W. MOREHOUSE,
Captain Provisional Company Enrolled Missouri Mil., Commanding Post.
WASHINGTON, November 3, 1864-12 m.
The Secretary of War directs that you assume command of all troops belonging to the Department of the Missouri and now serving on the western border of that State, and pursue Price toward the Arkansas River, on till he reaches the troops of General Steele or Reynolds. Having completed this duty, you will return the troops to their respective commands. You will furnish a copy of this order to the several commanders, and also to Major-General Rosecrans. Regiments or portions of regiments belonging to Department of Arkansas will be sent to General Steele.*
H. W. HALLECK,
Major-General and Chief of Staff.
*Erroneously quoted by Curtis as of November 7-see Part I, p.519.