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WARRENSBURG, April 5, 1865.

COMMANDING OFFICER,

Lexington, Mo.:

A squad of seven bushwhackers passed Clinton, Henry County, Mo., yesterday afternoon, going in the direction of Kingsville. They have probably gone into Greenton Valley. I have telegraphed these facts to Pleasant Hill, directing that they be followed if possible. If at all practicable you will send after them also.

M. C. HENSLEE,

Major, Commanding Seventh Cavalry Missouri State Militia.

WARRENSBURG, April 5, 1865.

COMMANDING OFFICER,

Pleasant Hill:

Twelve bushwhackers passed twelve miles west of Clinton, Henry County, going north last night. Send a scout in the direction of Kingsville, if practicable.

By order of Brigadier General J. McNeil:

C. G. LAURANT,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

KNOBNOSTER, April 5, 1865.

Captain LAURANT:

Mr. J. C. Wingfield, living nine miles south of this place, has just come in here. Reports seven bushwhackers came to this house about daylight but he was well armed and would not admit them. About 10 a. m. they were at George Peak's house, about one mile east of his house, and was stopping there at the latest account. He refers you to W. E. Chester, of Captain Box's company, for this reliability.

U. S. MILITARY TELEGRAPH OPERATOR.

KNOBNOSTER, April 5, 1865.

Captain C. G. LAURANT,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

Mr. William West has just come in. He was taken prisoner about 4 o'clock this p. m. and made to pilot them to Cropper's old store, about six miles southeast of this place. They said they were going to John D. Mercer's, about three miles southeast of Cropper's. They told him they intended to stay around in the country six days. He reported seven in the gang and well armed.

U. S. MILITARY TELEGRAPH OPERATOR.

HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF NORTH MISSOURI, Macon, Mo., April 5, 1865.

General G. M. DODGE,

Commanding Department of the Missouri, Saint Louis, Mo.:

GENERAL: I have the honor to report the following facts in relation to the administration of the provost-marshal's department at Saint Joseph, Mo.: Reports having reached met that there were certain irregularities connected with the arrangement of the military prison and

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