August 23, 1862,
Hickmanís Mills, Mo.,
Lieutenant-Colonel Burris to Captain J.M. Graham
HICKMAN'S MILLS, [August] 23, 1862.
Capt. J.M. GRAHAM:
I have scoured the county. Found the enemy, 1,000 strong, under Colonels Thompson, Hays, and Quantrill, in the brush 12 miles south of Independence. Could not get artillery nearer than 2 miles. Sent in cavalry; tried to draw them out, but failed. I burned their forage. They started to escape in our rear. We opened fire on them about noon to-day; killed 12, wounded several. They made a precipitate retreat.
We have cleared Jackson County of rebel troops.
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