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south of Sturgeon, on the Silver Fork. Doc Hines was the leader of the band-seventeen in number. The scouts joined the band two or three weeks since to ferret them out and killed the four named this a. m. while they were asleep. Nine other bushwhackers were camped a few hundred yards distant. The scouts brought in the horses and clothes of the bushwhackers.

A. J. HARDING,

Lieutenant and Aide-de-Camp.

FORT SCOTT, KANS., May 5, 1865.

Captain JOHN WILLANS,

Fort Leavenworth, Kans.:

One hundred and fifty rebels in arms passed north about twenty-five miles east of here last night, going in the direction of the Missouri River.

CHAS. W. BLAIR,

Colonel.

FORT SCOTT, KANS., May 5, 1865.

COMMANDING OFFICER,

Mound City, Kans.:

One hundred and fifty bushwhackers passed north last night about twenty-five miles east of here. Send word forthwith to Trading Post. Hire a messenger, if necessary, and direct the officer in command at that station to look sharp for them.

CHAS. W. BLAIR,

Colonel.

OLATHE, KANS., May 5, 1865.

Colonel C. W. BLAIR,

Commanding:

Report received at these headquarters to-day from Lieutenant Dunlap, of this command, stationed at Aubrey, on the Missouri line, states that the bushwhackers in that vicinity are concentrating and becoming bold and troublesome. They are twenty-seven strong; appear to have horses and arms. Reports rumors that Quantrill is on his way up, and thinks that we may look for a second edition of the Lawrence raid at an early day. Have ordered troops with all serviceable horses at this post to the border.

Respectfully,

O. F. WALLER,

Captain, Commanding Post.

HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF THE PLAINS,

Julesburg, Colo. Ter., May 5, 1865.

Major General G. M. DODGE,

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

Arrived last night. My headquarters are now here. I go down road as far as Omaha to-night to regulate matters. Respectfully ask your