September 9, 1863,
Lieutenant-Colonel J. E. Hayes to Brigadier-General Ewing
Hickman Mills, Mo., September 9, 1863.
Commanding District of the Border:
GENERAL: I received a report from Major Thatcher, at 8 o'clock last evening, stating that Quantrill was 80 miles east of independence. Believing that this station is in the best position to cheek any raid which may be made toward Kansas, I respectfully ask you, if possible, to send me another company immediately. Captain Rouell's men are constantly in the saddle, and with another such squadron of cavalry I believe that I can keep this section clear of guerrillas. A man was robbed near Pleasant Hill yesterday, and on Friday night last four of these cutthroats came within 2 miles of this post. I have sent a scout to the place where Quantrill was said to be last night, and another to the Little Blue. If possible, I should like to see a company here this evening.
Very respectfully, yours,
J. E. HAYES,
Lieut. Col. Twelfth Kansas Volunteers, Comdg. Station.
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