August 20, 1862, St.
Brigadier-General Schofield to General Brown
SAINT LOUIS, Mo., August 20, 1862.
General BROWN, Springfield, Mo.:
News from Sedalia confirms Colonel Wright's report. Colonel Warren and General Blunt were in hot pursuit of the enemy yesterday morning near Papinsville. The rebels about crossing the Osage. They will doubtless retreat through Vernon and Barton Counties. They are about 4,000 strong, under Coffee, Quantrill, Cockrell, and Tracy. You may be able to intercept them by a rapid movement to the west, if you have the necessary force available. You can doubtless afford to leave Springfield weak for a few days.
J. M. SCHOFIELD,
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