January 3, 1864,
Brigadier-General John B. Sanborn to Col John E. Phelps
HDQRS. DISTRICT OF SOUTHWEST MISSOURI,
Springfield, Mo., January 3, 1864.
Col. JOHN E. PHELPS,
Commanding at Cassville, Mo.:
COLONEL: General McNeil telegraphs that his scouts from Fort Gibson report that it was reported at Maysville that a portion of Quantrill's men had come in on the Cowskin and Butler's Creek. This must relate to a time five days since. If you can spare from 30 to 50 men, well clothed, armed, and mounted, you will send them to this section, with instructions to report to the commanding officer at Neosho all information they obtain in regard to any enemy in that section. If you feel certain from present information that the report is untrue, you will act accordingly, and not send the men. Inform me what you do.
JOHN B. SANBORN,
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