train went back to Dallas and he did not learn of the capture of the wagons until yesterday. The news was telegraphed you as soon as received at this office. The wagons were not Government. The guard consisted of our men of Captain Cochran's company of militia. There were twenty-three men of Cochran's company stations at Fredericktown. Lieutenant Rogers reports Hilderbrand and his gang in the neighborhood of Farmington. The citizens and militia are after him.
W. L. STAFFORD,
Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.
HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF ROLLA,
May 18, 1865.
Major GEORGE C. TICHENOR,
Aide-de-Camp, Saint Louis:
An order was sent yesterday directing Lieutenant-Colonel King to concentrate his command at Linn Creek preparatory to moving west with Colonel Catherwood. The orders will probably reach Duroc to-night and the detachment at that point will not reach there until to-morrow. I have no other troops to send in that direction.
ROLLA, May 18, 1865-9 a. m.
Colonel Catherwood moved this morning.
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE MISSOURI,
May 18, 1865.
Colonel C. HARDING:
General Sanborn reports that a band of forty-six rebels crossed the road east of Lebanon at 7 p. m. yesterday. They were moving rapidly toward the Osage and will probably cross at or near Mining Ford. They had captured a lieutenant and five men of the Sixteenth Cavalry and the sheriff and the enrolling officer of Laclede County. General Sanborn has a force after them. Be on the lookout for them.
J. W. BARNES,
WARRENSBURG, May 18, 1865-8. 45 a. m.
I will send a company of infantry to Sedalia:
CHESTER HARDING, JR.,
SPRINGFIELD, May 18, 1865-9 a. m.
The band of rebels are reported to have changed their course, and now seem to be moving toward Buffalo, in Dallas County. If they
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