War of the Rebellion: Serial 102 Page 0356 LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI. Chapter LX.

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HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE MISSOURI,

Saint Louis, May 8, 1865.

[Brigadier-General MITCHELL:]

The bands of guerrillas working north cross Arkansas River west of Fort Gibson and come up through Indian Nation into Bates and Vernon Counties, then north. Instruct Colonel Blair when he hears of them to strike them if possible before they get out of his reach. Sanborn cannot cross Grand or Osage Rivers on account of high water. Blair must get after them whenever the hears of them.

G. M. DODGE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE MISSOURI,

May 8, 1865.

Brigadier-General MITCHELL,

Fort Leavenworth:

Order Colonel Blair to push all the spare cavalry over into the counties between the line and Osage River and see if he cannot stop some of those bands working north.

G. M. DODGE,

Major-General.

FORT LEAVENWORTH, May 8, 1865.

Major-General DODGE,

Saint Louis:

I directed Colonel Blair on Saturday to pay to attention to State lines, but move on the guerrillas whenever he could find them without awaiting further orders.

ROBT. B. MITCHELL,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

FORT LEAVENWORTH, May 8, 1865.

Colonel C. W. BLAIR,

Commanding Fort Scott:

As soon as you can ascertain the locality of the guerrillas on the border, strike them with all the available force at your disposal without further orders. Pay no attention to State or district lines.

ROBT. B. MITCHELL,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

FORT LEAVENWORTH, May 8, 1865.

Colonel C. W. BLAIR:

You will exercise supervision and command over all the former District of South Kansas excepting the post of Lawrence.

By order of Brigadier-General Mitchell:

JOHN PRATT,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

FORT SMITH, May 8, 1865.

Bvt. Brigadier General C. W. BLAIR:

Concentrate the Fifteenth Kansas Cavalry at Fort Scott and send them to Fort Gibson to report to me without delay.

JAS. G. BLUNT,

Major-General.