War of the Rebellion: Serial 086 Page 0680 LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI. Chapter LIII.

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WARRENSBURG, November 25, 1864-6.15 p. m.

Colonel J. V. Du BOIS,

Chief of Staff:

Citizens of Independence report small party of bushwhackers came within 300 yards of the square last night. There is a company of citizens organized at that place who ask for arms and ammunition. I have ordered one company First Missouri State Militia from Pleasant Hill to Independence.

J. H. STEGER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

WARRENSBURG, November 25, 1864-6.17 p. m.

Colonel J. V. DU BOIS,

Chief of Staff:

Lieutenant Argo telegraphs from Boonville that bushwhackers are crossing at Rocheport in force. I have telegraphed for more definite information, and have directed Major Kelly, commanding Fourth Cavalry Missouri State Militia, at Sedalia, to hold his command in readiness to move at a moment's notice. Have advised commanding officer at La Mine bridge.

J. H. STEGER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., November 25, 1864.

Colonel J. V. DU BOIS,

Chief of Staff:

Some of the miles of this sub-district are behaving badly. They pass themselves as bushwhackers, and rob, burn, and kill. I have no cavalry to arrest them, except two of the Ninth Missouri State Militia, four ofthe Third Missouri State Militia, and four of Second Missouri Cavalry, ten in all, who have just returned from duty required by the provost-marshal before the order to send them to their respective commands was received by me. Can I retain them here for the present?

S. H. MELCHER,

Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding.

WARRENSBURG, November 25, 1864.

Lieutenant Colonel S. H. MELCHER,

Jefferson City:

The following just received:

Lieutenant Colonel S. H. Melcher is relieved from duty at Jefferson City, and will join his regiment without delay.

By order of Major-General Rosecrans:

FRANK ENO,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

Lieutenant Colonel D. W. Wear, Forty-fifth Missouri Volunteers, has been assigned the command of the post, and will relieve you.

By order, &c.:

J. H. STEGER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.