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PATTERSON, MO., April 25, 1865-5. 30 p. m.

Lieutenant Colonel F. M. MALONE,

Pilot Knob, Mo.:

Look out for guerrillas; 200 rebels have just been reported. They were this morning fourteen miles from this post on Bear Creek, marching in the direction of Farmington. I have sent a force to look after them.

JAMES SMITH,

Captain, Commanding Post.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, April 25, 1865.

Lieutenant P. McRAE,

Fredericktown:

Keep a sharp lookout for the 200 guerrillas. Call in all the armed citizens.

JOHN L. BEVERIDGE,

Brevet Brigadier-General.

PILOT KNOB, MO. [April 25, 1865.]

Lieutenant PHILIP McRAE,

Commanding Post of Fredericktown:

Two hundred guerrillas are coming up toward you from below. Be on your guard. They were on Bear Creek, fourteen miles from Patterson, this morning.

F. M. MALONE,

Lieutenant-Colonel.

HEADQUARTERS POST OF PILOT KNOB,

April 25, 1865.

Lieutenant McRAE,

Fredericktown:

Patterson is not taken and cannot be by any force this side of White River at present.

F. M. MALONE,

Lieutenant-Colonel.

BLOOMFIELD, MO., April 25, 1865.

Brigadier General J. L. BEVERIDGE,

Cape Girardeau, Mo.:

I learn to-night that Jeff. Thompson is at Harrisburg, but have not learned his force. Kitchen is near Gainesville with a scattered force of about 200. Bolin is between Clarktown and Kennett with about 100. It appears that they are plundering the citizens there in general. This information is not from any of my scouts. I expect some of them in to-night or in the morning. They are about Jonesborough and Chalk Bluff. Saint Francis 100 yards wide and swimming.

ED. COLBERT,

Captain, Commanding Post.