War of the Rebellion: Serial 102 Page 0090 Chapter LX. LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI.

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PATTERSON, MO., April 13, 1865.

Colonel HYNES,

Pilot Knob:

I have reliable information that Farris is on Big Black River with seventy-five men and his object is to plunder. The river cannot be forded. I cannot get at him for a few days. I have sent a small force across Black River at Moss' Ferry to ascertain facts. They were on the 12th instant eighteen miles from this place on the Centerville road.

JAMES SMITH,

Captain, Seventh Kansas Cavalry, Commanding Post.

PATTERSON, MO., April 13, 1865.

Colonel HYNES,

Pilot Knob:

A deserter from Farris' command has just arrived at this post. He says Farris has not got more than twelve men with him, but his object is to raise a company for the purpose of raiding through this part of the State. I will send him south just as soon as I can cross Black River.

JAMES SMITH,

Captain, Commanding Post.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE MISSOURI,

Saint Louis, April 13, 1865 - 10. 10 a. m.

Colonel MORRILL,

Rolla:

You can send out the scout you telegraphed about.

G. M. DODGE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE MISSOURI,

Saint Louis, April 13, 1865 - 10 p. m.

Colonel HARDING,

Lexington:

You can write me as requested. I ordered 150 well-mounted men of the Third Missouri State Militia recruits from Weston to you.

G. M. DODGE,

Major-General.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. DISTRICT OF NORTH MISSOURI, Numbers 75. Macon, Mo., April 13, 1865.

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7. Commanding officers of Companies D, E, F, and G, Ninth Cavalry Missouri State Militia, will report with their commands to Sturgeon, Mo., by the 18th instant preparatory to their being mustered out of service.

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By order of Brigadier General C. B. Fisk:

THOS. J. TIDSWELL, Jr.,

Lieutenant and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.