August 14, 1862,
Brigadier-General Jas. Totten to Brigadier-General John M. Schofield
JEFFERSON CITY, August 14, 1862.
Brig. Gen. JOHN M. SCHOFIELD:
It is understood from the telegraph operator at Kansas City that the forces from Leavenworth have been withdrawn and the rebels in large force marching on that place. Independence full of the devils and having full swing; will not allow wires to be put up. Reconnoitering forces of 70 from Lexington expected back early to-night. Houston telegraphs Colonel Hughes was killed in the fight at Independence; Quantrill and others now command the rebels. My whole force will be directed against the bands. Warren is moving with his entire command.
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