War of the Rebellion: Serial 102 Page 0485 Chapter LX. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC. -UNION.

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HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF ROLLA,

May 17, 1865.

COMMANDING OFFICER,

Saint James:

There were ten bushwhackers at Mr. Dowling's farm to-day, four miles southwest of your station. Get some horses and get after them. Be sure to take men enough.

JOHN MORRILL,

Colonel, Commanding.

SPRINGFIELD, May 17, 1865-8 p. m.

Major BARNES,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

A band of forty-six rebels has crossed the road east of Lebanon about an hour since and are moving rapidly across the Osage and will probably attempt to cross at or near Mining Ford. They have captured a lieutenant and six men of the Sixteenth [Missouri] Cavalry and the sheriff and enrolling officer of Laclede County. I have a good force after them and nearly up to them and think we shall destroy them before reaching the Osage, but troops on the other side should be ready for them.

JOHN B. SANBORN,

Brevet Major-General.

MACON, May 17, 1865.

Major J. W. BARNES,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Saint Louis, Mo.:

Harry Truman is here, representing himself as a scout operating under the orders of General Dodge and the provost-marshal-general. He asks for twenty men and a commissioned officer to aid him in carrying out his plans. Has he any authority for so doing?

A. J. HARDING,

Lieutenant, Aide-de-Camp, and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

MACON, May 17, 1865.

Colonel J. H. BAKER,

Provost-Marshal-General, Saint Louis, Mo.:

Harry Truman says he has an arrangement made with the various bands of guerrillas in North Missouri by which they all propose to surrender if they can be released on taking the oath of allegiance. He desires an officer and twenty men to aid in carrying out the scheme. Is he working under orders from you? He asserts that he is.

A. J. HARDING,

Lieutenant, Aide-de-Camp, and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

FORT LEAVENWORTH, May 17, 1865-2. 15 p. m.

Major General JOHN POPE:

Senators Doolittle, Foster, and Ross, and myself, leave here to-morrow evening for New Mexico via Raton Mountains and Fort Union. This is answer to Mitchell's dispatch.

A. McD. McCOOK,

Major-General.