HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE MISSOURI,
April 28, 1865 - 2. 04 p. m.
Brigadier-General BEVERIDGE, Cape Girardeau:
What report have you of the movements north of any force from Arkansas?
G. M. DODGE,
CAPE GIRARDEAU, April 28, 1865 - 3 p. m.
Major J. W. BARNES,
I have none. The reported force moving north between Patterson and Fredericktown is reduced to three thieves. I have scouts all over that country. The force I sent out will be in to-morrow. Captain Colbert, at Bloomfield, has scouts out in Northern Arkansas.
JOHN L. BEVERIDGE,
CAPE GIRARDEAU, April 28, 1865.
Colonel JAMES T. FOSTER, Fredericktown:
On May 1 the Seventeenth Illinois, at Fredericktown, will be relieved by one officer and thirty men of Dallas County mounted Militia. It is important that your organization be hurried up, and induce the people to remain quiet at home. I am satisfied rebel sympathizers are doing their utmost to frighten loyal people out of the State.
JOHN L. BEVERIDGE,
HEADQUARTERS SAINT LOUIS DISTRICT,
Saint Louis, Mo., April 28, 1865.
Lieutenant-Colonel MALONE, Pilot Knob:
The citizens are rushing to Saint Louis from the southeast perfectly frantic with fear, driving their stock and moving their families here. Can't you stop it? They have filled the country with the most extravagant reports of a large force of rebels in Farmington, and north and east of there. Citizens have buried their valuables and are seeking shelter at any point that offers any hope of safety. Inform General Beveridge of the case. The stampede is real. Men by the dozens are here with knees trembling and hearts in their throats. There is no information here confirming the first report of the presence of rebels in the southeast.
By order of Brigadier-General Wagner:
Major and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.
SAINT LOUIS, April 28, 1865.
Lieutenant WILLIAM MORAN,
Commanding Company E, Fiftieth Missouri Volunteers, Potosi, Mo.:
Is there any truth in the stories brought here by the citizens of Potosi as to Thompson's and Shelby's raid? Send me full particulars, and if