War of the Rebellion: Serial 114 Page 0213 EARLY EVENTS IN MISSOURI, ETC.

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HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF NORTH MISSOURI,

Saint Louis, August 17, 1861.

Colonel WORTHINGTON, Jefferson City:

COLONEL: Proceed with as little delay as practicable to Lexington appointing committees at points specified. Then return at once with your regiment and the artillery from Lexington to Jefferson City and occupy that place. Answer.

JNO POPE,

Brigadier-General.

HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF NORTH MISSOURI,

Saint Louis, August 18, 1861.

Brigadier-General HURLBUT.

GENERAL: The general commanding directs me to inform you that he has received a letter* from Mr. Hayward, of Hannibal, stating that the firing into the train occurred before the citizens had time to organize for the prevention of such outrages but that a meeting of the citizens had since been held and men sent out to see what could be done and asking that no steps should be taken until the result of this action of the people was ascertained. The general commanding directs me to say that if you think the citizens of Hannibal and Palmyra have taken hold of this matter in earnest and are likely to bring the offenders to justice you will give them a reasonable time to do so, but if you think they are not moving actively or if after a reasonable delay they fail to deliver up the assassins, you will proceed to collect the levy.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

[C. A. MORGAN,]

Aide-de-Camp.

SPECIAL ORDER.] BRIGADE HEADQUARTERS,

Hudson, Mo., August 19, 1861.

To THE AUTHORITIES OF THE CITY OF PALMYRA AND OF MARION COUNTY:

You are hereby notified and required to deliver up to the military authorities of this brigade within six days from the date of these presents the marauders who fired upon the train bound west on Hannibal and Saint Joseph Railroad on the evening of the 16th instant and broke into telegraph office at Palmyra. If the guilty persons are not delivered up as required and within the time herein specified the whole brigade will be moved into your county and contributions levied to the amount of $10,000 on Marion County and $5,000 on the city of Palmyra.

By order of Brigadier General S. A. Hurlbut, under instructions received from Brigadier General John Pope, commanding North Missouri:

S. M. PRESTON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF NORTH MISSOURI,

Saint Louis, August 20, 1861.

Colonel BUSSEY.

COLONEL: The general commanding directs you to examine all the prisoners held by Colonel Moore and to send under a proper guard all

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