HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE MISSOURI,
Saint Louis, May 11, 1865-2. 30 p. m.
Two hundred troops at Lexington, and as many more close by it. I think it is a ruse to get our troops there to let that gang cross the river. It cannot be possible for any large party to get up there without our knowledge. Jim Foster's gang pitched into Palmyra yesterday; stole twenty horses; ten men in the gang.
G. M. DODGE,
SAINT LOUIS, MO., May 11, 1865-12. 10 p. m.
Senator J. R. DOOLITTLE,
I leave for Quincy this p. m. Will be there at 11 a. m. to-morrow. I deem a consultation necessary, that I may be able to fit out our expedition for the comfort and pleasure of the committee.
A. McD. McCOOK,
[MAY 11, 1865. -For Thompson to Dodge, accepting terms for surrender of C. S. forces, see Part I, p. 236.]
HDQRS. DEPARTMENT OF THE MISSOURI, Numbers 117.
Saint Louis, Mo., May 11, 1865.
I. All orders in this department which require sentences of military commissions to be confirmed by the commanding general of the department are hereby rescinded.
II. Hereafter final action will be taken upon the records and proceedings of military commissions by the officers convening them, in accordance with the rules governing action upon the records and proceedings of general courts-martial.
III. The approval of the department commander, as such, is essential only in capital cases and those which extend to the dismissal of commissioned officers.
By command of Major-General Dodge:
J. W. BARNES,
[MAY 11, 1865. -For correspondence between Davis and Thompson, relative to surrender of forces commanded by latter, see Part I, pp. 234, 235.]