January 4, 1864,
Brigadier-General John B. Sanborn to Col John E. Phelps
HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF SOUTHWEST MISSOURI,
Springfield, Mo., January 4, 1864.
Col. JOHN E. PHELPS,
Commanding Second Arkansas Cavalry:
Your horses should be sent to some point where there is forage until some can be accumulated at Cassville. General McNeil thinks that some of Quantrill's force is still west. Unless you have positive knowledge that this is not the case, I should like to have a scout made with a pretty heavy force through Carroll into Searcy County as far south as Richland Creek, and have Colonel Love and his force there attacked and captured and driven out. He made quite a fight with the First Arkansas on the 25th ultimo. I will not order troops out such weather, but if you can make this movement and keep your men comfortable, you can do so. Inform me what action you take. Love's force is not less than 800 men when all together. I have no intimation when paymasters will be here; certainly not before the 12th, however.
JOHN B. SANBORN,
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