JEFFERSON CITY, November 13, 1864-8.20 p. m.
Colonel JOHN V. DU BOIS,
Chief of Staff:
The Mars left to-day at daylight, the Evening Star at 12 o'clock, the Ewing at 3 p. m., the Enterprise at 4.30, the Omaha at 4.30. The War Eagle will leave at daylight to-morrow. They have taken all the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Army Corps, First Iowa Cavalry, and Winslow's cavalry, so far as I know of. The Hannibal is just in. Callison also here. If the Thirty-third Missouri and Battery K, [Second Missouri Artillery,] are ordered there is transportation ready.
S. H. MELCHER,
Liberty, Mo., November 13, 1864.
Brigadier General C. B. FISK:
SIR: I have the honor to report that Clay County is now free of bushwhackers. I have been as vigilant as circumstances would admit in driving them from this section of your district. On the night of the 9th instant forty-five crossed the Missouri River five miles below Richfield, Mo., going south. A portion of them consisted of some of the notorious bands which have infested this county for the last month, and the remainder were from Platte and Buchanan Counties. I was not advised of their movements in time to accomplish much. General, I am now satisfied that Clay County is now clear of guerrillas.
Respectfully, your obedient servant,
D. C. McMICHAEL,
Captain, Commanding Station.
HEADQUARTERS NORTHWESTERN INDIAN EXPEDITION,
Sioux City, Iowa, November 13, 1864.
Major General J. POPE,
GENERAL: I inclose you a copy of a letter* just received from Colonel Dimon, First U. S. Volunteers, as I thought it might interest you. I shall leave here in a day or so for Milwaukee. I think by a little good management we can end all troubles, and I will be glad to see you on the subject.
With much respect, your obedient servant,
HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF WEST MISSISSIPPI, OFFICE OF THE CHIEF SIGNAL OFFICER,
New Orleans, La., November 14, 1864.
Lieutenant Colonel C. T. CHRISTENSEN,
Asst. Adjt. General, Mil. Div. of West Miss., New Orleans, La.:
SIR: I have the honor to submit to your consideration a statement of the information received at this office this 14th day of November, 1864, from the following sources, a report to General Dennis, from
*See p. 65.