War of the Rebellion: Serial 102 Page 0420 Chapter LX. LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI.

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WARRENSBURG, MO., May 12, 1865.

General DODGE, Saint Louis:

Everything is going on well at Lexington. A telegram from there asks if I will authorize the acceptance of Cy. Porter, not his men. From this I infer that Davis is driving him and that he has proposed terms. Porter delivered himself up at Memphis, took the oath, came into the State publicly, and was engaged in the raid upon Kingsville. Shall I give them the benefit of your instructions respecting bushwhackers?

CHESTER HARDING, JR.,

Colonel, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE MISSOURI,

May 12, 1865-12. 20 p. m.

Colonel HARDING, Warrensburg:

I would give the benefit of the instructions if you consider their offer as made in good faith. If they have committed any crimes the civil courts can take cognizance of it.

G. M. DODGE,

Major-General.

WARRENSBURG, May 12, 1865-4. 25 p. m.

Major-General DODGE:

The men who offer to surrender are 100 strong. I have directed that the surrender be allowed.

CHESTER HARDING, JR.,

Colonel, &c.,

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE MISSOURI,

Saint Louis, May 12, 1865.

Colonel CHESTER HARDING, Jr.,

Commanding District of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, Mo.:

COLONEL: Under orders received, which were telegraphed, you will perceive that we can no longer banish families of bushwhackers, there being no place to send them to. I would suggest that if you can fasten upon any of such families the fact of their feeding voluntarily any gang of these outlaws that they be tried by the civil courts or military commission and if found guilty summarily punished. This course will have a salutary effect.

I have the honor to be, colonel, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

G. M. DODGE,

Major-General, Commanding.

(Same to commanding officers First, Second and Third Sub-Districts, and judge-advocate.)

HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF CENTRAL MISSOURI,

Warrensburg, Mo., May 12, 1865.

Major J. W. BARNES,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Department of the Missouri:

SIR: In connection with the tri-monthly return, I have the honor to report that while guerrillas have entered the district during the past ten days in considerable numbers, and have disturbed the peace of several