War of the Rebellion: Serial 086 Page 0576 LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI. Chapter LIII.

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SAINT LOUIS, November 15, 1864-10.54 p. m.

His Excellency the PRESIDENT,

Washington, D. C.:

While awaiting details of the campaign, I deem it my duty to say that abundant evidence accumulates to show that Price's invasion had the greatest designs-no less than turning the election in this State for McClellan, preventing it in Kansas, and, by the aid of insurrectionists here and O. A. K.'s from Illinois and Indiana, the occupation of it till the new Administration should come in. For the complete failure of this scheme Major-General Pleasonton, by his gallantry and skill in handling our cavalry in pursuit and action, the country is so largely indebted that I most respectfully recommend him for promotion to the vacant brigadiership in the Regular Army.

W. S. ROSECRANS,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS SAINT LOUIS DISTRICT,

Saint Louis, Mo., November 15, 1864.

Lieutenant-Colonel HILLER,

Cape Girardeau:

Send all the cavalry that you can mount at once to Pilot Knob, to report there to Colonel Maupin for scouting. The enemy are reported in force in Wayne County.

By order of Brigadier-General Ewing:

H. HANNAHS,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS SAINT LOUIS DISTRICT,

Saint Louis, Mo., November 15, 1864.

Lieutenant-Colonel MAUPIN,

Commanding, Pilot Knob:

It being reported that a force of rebels is in Wayne County, you will send scouting parties toward Pleasonton and send all information you may receive of them to these headquarters.

By order of Brigadier-General Ewing:

H. HANNAHS,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

PILOT KNOB, MO., November 15, 1864.

Lieutenant HANNAHS,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General:

I sent a scout out to Carter's Mills, and find that here was a conscripting force in that vicinity. Captured no prisoners and lost one. Will keep you fully advised. Will have the telegraph line working to Patterson soon.

A. W. MAUPIN,

Lieutenant-Colonel.