and can take such staff with you as you need. The Fifty-first Missouri Infantry, have been ordered down to you to be posted at Waverly, Miami, Lexington, and such other points as you deem best. I want all the cavalry kept out of towns, put into the brush, and kept there; not to garrison any point, but kept on the move. Do you think it best to have headquarters at Lexington?
G. M. DODGE,
FORT LEAVENWORTH, April 22, 1865.
I telegraphed yesterday in reference to resignation of Colonel Jennison, Fifteen Kansas Volunteer Cavalry. Please advise me as to the prospects of its acceptance or non-acceptance. If he is to be tried by court-martial I must retain some officers now here to organize a new court. I make this application at the suggestions of General Sykes, communicated to me by Major Ketner. Please answer.
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE MISSOURI,
April 22, 1865-4. 15 p. m.
Assistant Adjutant-General, Fort Leavenworth:
I cannot accept Colonel Jennison's resignation so long as charges are against him, and he better be tried as soon as possible that justice may be done him.
G. M. DODGE,
SAINT LOUIS, April 22, 1865.
Colonel W. W. BLAIR,
Relieve the Fifteen Kansas and concentrate them at Fort Scott, preparatory to marching to Fort Gibson, as soon as it is practicable for you to do so.
JAS. G. BLUNT,
FORT ZARAH, April 22, 1865.
Major General G. M. DODGE:
GENERAL: I have just received report from Lieutenant Wise, who was sent by me down into the southeastern portion of my district to gain information in regard to movements of rebel Indians. He reported no immediate danger of an invasion. His report I sent by mail. * Colonel Leavenworth is southeast of here about thirty miles. Has sent for his Indian chiefs to visit him. They are at present committing n
* See April 17, p. 114.
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