December 24, 1863,
Jefferson City, Mo.,
Brigadier-General E. B. Brown to Major Oliver D. Greene
HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF CENTRAL MISSOURI,
Jefferson City, Mo., December 24, 1863.
Maj. OLIVER D. GREENE,
Assistant Adjutant-General, Saint Louis:
MAJOR: I have the honor to report that, in accordance with the order received yesterday by telegraph, I have concentrated the troops in this district at Otterville, Sedalia, and Warrensburg, with a battalion at Warsaw and five companies at Clinton, leaving small guards at Lexington, Marshall, and Tipton (this does not include the troops at this post, two companies of infantry and three of cavalry); also leaving one company of cavalry at Linn Creek. Scouts have been ordered south of the Osage, as far as Stockton and Lamar, and military expresses, with relays of horses every 15 miles, between the Osage River and three different telegraph offices at the west, established. If the enemy "means business," we will be ready for him, but the reported return of Quantrill and his cut-throats imports that a renewal of the plundering system is to be adopted, and we shall have them in small bands in the country.
I am, truly, your obedient servant,
E. B. BROWN,
Brigadier-General of Volunteers, Commanding.
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