September 10, 1863, Washington, D. C.,
General-in-Chief H. W. Halleck to Major-General Schofield

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 10, 1863.

  Major-General SCHOFIELD,  Saint Louis:

GENERAL: Your telegram of the 3d instant, requesting that Senator Lane be written to by the President, was sent to the latter, but he declined writing to the former unless he should appeal to him against your orders that no invasion of Missouri should be made by the people of Kansas. The President fully approves your determination to prevent any such invasion. It could only lead to bloodshed and retaliation. At the same time active measures must be taken to break up and destroy Quantrill's band of robbers and murderers. Cannot the three regiments which General Pope is seceding to you be employed advantageously for that purpose? I am of opinion that all Missouri and Kansas troops should be removed from that border, and troops from other States be put in their places.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,




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