August 5, 1863,
Major P. B. Plumb to Colonel McFerran
KANSAS CITY, MO., August 5, 1863.
Commanding Lexington, Mo.:
Quantrill's band will assemble on Friday, the 7th, about 10 a.m., in the vicinity of Texas Prairie; exact locality not known. Our forces will press him from the west. Send all your available force to Texas Prairie, near the Peacock place, where the Boyins family live, 3 miles southeast of Lick Skillet. One company should be sent to road leading from Round Prairie to Chapel Hill, near the old Canada place. The balance of your force, taking care to keep your communications perfect and your forces within supporting distance, should be so employed in making reconnaissances as to be certain that no enemy passes to your rear. Do not come farther west than Lone Jack.
By order of Brigadier-General Ewing:
P. B. PLUMB,
Major and Chief of Staff.
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