August 15, 1862, Johnson, Mo.,
Brigadier-General Jas. G. Blunt to Colonel Cloud, Second
Kansas Volunteers

Johnson, Mo., August 15, 1862.

 Colonel CLOUD,  Second Kansas Volunteers:

SIR: You will occupy such position south of the Osage River as will give security to Fort Scott, and enable you at the same time to operate against Rains, if he should be advancing north. His is the only force now in Southwest Missouri that will require looking after.

I arrived here about 7 o'clock this morning and shall move again at 9. The forces of Coffee, Hunter, and others, numbering between 3,000 and 4,000, are pushing rapidly to Lexington, where they expect to meet Porter and others from the north of the Missouri River with a force equal to theirs; also to unite with the force of Quantrill and Hays. They then propose going south in a body. They are also receiving large accessions daily as they pass through the country. I shall move on as rapidly as possible, and hope to come up with them at the Missouri River.

Respectfully, yours,


 Brigadier-General, Commanding.


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