War of the Rebellion: Serial 102 Page 0352 LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI. Chapter LX.

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HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE MISSOURI,

May 8, 1865-1. 45 p. m.

Colonel HARDING,

Warrensburg:

I have ordered one regiment of infantry to leave on cars to-morrow for Warrensburg; also, six companies of Colonel Morrill's command go out and scout the Osage River country.

G. M. DODGE,

Major-General.

WARRENSBURG, May 8, 1865-7. 55 p. m.

General DODGE:

It is reported to me that 700 rebels are marching on Sedalia. How they could get through Blunt's or Sanborn's lines I cannot imagine. I do not believe the story true. I shall know in a short time. I shall go to the assistance of Captain Hamilton if the story be true.

CHESTER HARDING, Jr.,

Colonel, &c.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE MISSOURI,

Saint Louis, May 8, 1865.

Colonel HARDING:

I sent you Colonel Blair' report of 300 bushwhackers being in Vernon County. That is the gang that is no doubt marching north toward Sedalia. If the troops in your district do their duty and fight when an opportunity offers, they can whip those bushwhackers even if the odds are five to one. Whenever they appear citizens should bushwhack the troops on the Missouri River are doing their duty. Some forty of those gangs crossed last night and yesterday.

G. M. DODGE,

Major-General.

WARRENSBURG, May 8, 1865-9. 30 p. m.

Major-General DODGE:

I intend to go up the road with Mr. Garrison and party to-morrow. I may be gone some days, but shall have constant communication from Captain Laurant, assistant adjutant-general. The report of 700 men coming into Sedalia is now said to be paroled men who reported at Springfield. I do not believe a word of either account.

CHESTER HARDING, Jr.,

Colonel, &c.

WARRENSBURG, MO., May 8, 1865.

General DODGE,

Saint Louis:

The guerrillas are just as well posted about my business as I am. They avoid me. I think they will not be able to escape all the parties I have out. They killed eight men at Kingsville. The cavalry have reported from Versailles and are hard at work. There are two parties, one of 110 men in complete uniform at Kingsville and one of 30 at