War of the Rebellion: Serial 102 Page 0154 LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI. Chapter LX.

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HEADQUARTERS POST OF PILOT KNOB,

Pilot Knob, Mo., April 21, 1865.

Brigadier-General BEVERIDGE:

Commanding Second District, Cape Girardeau, Mo.:

When will that infantry be here? I have scarcely men enough to do post and escort duty. The post at Centerville has forty men to defend it. Cannot send any more there until I get more men. If I could get 100 infantry it would help me greatly. Captain Smith reports three regiments of rebels under Jeff. Thompson between Black River and Little Rock, scattered over the country.

F. M. MALONE,

Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding Post.

HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF ROLLA,

Rolla, Mo., April 21, 1865.

Major General G. M. DODGE,

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

Received a report from Captain Monks, commanding at Licking, Mo., this morning that a party of fifty bushwhackers were within twenty miles of Licking, moving north. I have sent cavalry in pursuit. Cannot be those spoken of by General Sanborn.

JOHN MORRILL,

Colonel Sixty-fourth Illinois Infantry Volunteers, Commanding Dist.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF ROLLA, Numbers 76.

Rolla, Mo., April 21, 1865.

1. Lieutenant Colonel Austin A. King, Thirteenth Regiment Cavalry Missouri Volunteers, will send one company of his regiment, mounted, armed, and equipped, with five days' rations and forage to Licking, Mo., immediately. The officer commanding the company will report for instructions to these headquarters.

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By order of Colonel John Morrill, commanding:

H. W. WERTH,

Lieutenant and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

LEXINGTON, MO., April 21, 1865.

General McNEIL:

Five men from Price's army have reported at Independence. They wish to take the oath. I expect a great many from Shelby's brigade. What policy is to be adopted? I recommend that they be required to come through some designated point, and there be received on such terms as may be ordered; otherwise you will have them in the brush. What shall be done with the five at Independence?

CHESTER HARDING, Jr.,

Colonel, Commanding.

LEXINGTON, April 21, 1865.

General MCNEIL:

I have ordered one of the companies at Pleasant Hill to scout up to Dover, another to Greenton, and leave the other with Wyckoff, who is