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and Matthew Aiken, below Current River, Ripley county, robbed my family in that neighborhood, and are living there at this time. From my own knowledge and the best information I can obtain I think there must be between 3,000 and 4,000 men belonging to the different brigades named above in that part of Arkansas north of Little Rock. These men say, as they said last year, that they will not go, but there can be no doubt but what they will again be forced in, as they were in 1864, and that they will again be forced in, as they were in 1864, and that the contemplated raid will be carried into effect in the month of May, 1865, unless timely checked by Federal troops. I also feel satisfied from what they say that one-half the people of Northeastern Arkansas would assist the Federal troops if sent there for their protection, as if things are allowed to go on as they now do the people must suffer. I would further say that in the estimate of forces as made above none of the troops now with Shelby are included.

I am, &c.,

A. McLAUGHLIN,

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE MISSOURI,

April 17, 1865-3,10 p. m.

Colonel JOHN MORRILL, Rolla:

Direct Colonel Catherwood to proceed to Saint Louis to procure horses.

By order of Major-General Dodge:

J. W. BARNES,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

SAINT LOUIS, MO., April 17, 1865-10,20 a. m.

Brigadier General J. McNEIL, Warrensburg:

What is the trouble on Pacific Railroad? Have the bands been driven off? Had not more of that infantry better be posted along the line?

G. M. DODGE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE MISSOURI,

Saint Louis, April 17, 1865.

Brigadier General J. McNEIL, Warrensburg:

The companies of Missouri Militia have to mount themselves. I have ordered two companies of Seventeenth Illinois Cavalry to report to Colonel Harding from North Missouri.

G. M. DODGE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE MISSOURI,

Saint Louis, April 17, 1865-9 p. m.

Brigadier General J. McNEIL, Warrensburg:

Telegraph me the number of companies of cavalry in Colonel Harding's district of Missouri State Militia; also the condition of Missouri Volunteer Militia raised under Order Numbers 3.

G. M. DODGE,

Major-General.

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