War of the Rebellion: Serial 086 Page 0860 LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI. Chapter LIII.

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brought against it. District commanders will give prompt and immediate attention to this matter, reporting progress from time to time to these headquarters.

By command of Major-General Dodge:


Assistant Adjutant-General.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, December 14, 1864.

General EWING,


There are in the sub-district four companies of six-months' volunteer Enrolled Missouri Militia. We need them. I recommend that they be kept until their time expires. One company of Enrolled Missouri Militia proper at Bloomfield; only part of them armed. They are not considered reliable, and we dare not arm them. I have them completing the fortifications; will be done soon. I recommend that they be mustered out when the fortifications are completed, which will be soon. If you could send me the three companies of my regiment now in Saint Louis I think it would not be necessary to call any more Enrolled Missouri Militia into service here. The Fifty-sixth, an excellent regiment, were mustered out at my instance, as they were farmers and their crops ungathered. If you cannot give me to the three companies, mentioned, I then recommend that two companies of the three-months' volunteer Enrolled Missouri Militia be called in from the Fifty-sixth Regiment. I would prefer my own men. I have here now about seventy cavalry for duty, hardly sufficient to escort to trains to my outposts.


Colonel, Commanding.

PILOT KNOB, December 14, 1864.

Lieutenant REID,

Patterson, Mo.:

I will send re-enforcements to Patterson as soon as possible. Keep me posted of any rebel force in that part of the district. Will send you the names of deserters as soon as I can get them.


Colonel, Commanding.

TIPTON, MO., December 14, 1864-4 p. m.


GENERAL: No troops here yet. This station liable to be attacked at any hour by guerrillas. Under the circumstances I would respectfully request that I be relieved from duty as assistant provost-marshal at this station and allowed to report to my command.


Lieutenant and Assistant Adjutant-General.