AUGUST 16, 1862.--Action
at Lone Jack, Mo.
No. 2. -- Report of Maj. Wyllis C. Ransom, Sixth Kansas Cavalry.
KANSAS CITY, MO., August 17, 1862.
GENERAL: A body of United States troops, some 800 strong, were surprised yesterday morning by the rebel forces of Colonels Coffee, Hindman, and Quantrill, and after a heavy resistance they were obliged to surrender with great loss. Our troops had a battery of two pieces, which is now in possession of the enemy.
From all appearances the enemy are moving on to Lexington. Large forces of our troops are moving toward the latter place from north of the river and from Sedalia.
In order to keep the enemy from retreating back, though, it will be necessary to throw a heavy force in their rear.
I have the honor, general, to be your most obedient servant,
W. C. RANSOM,
Major Sixth Kansas, Commanding Kansas City.
Brig. Gen. BLUNT,
Commanding Department of Kansas.
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