April 23, 1864, Fort Gibson, C. N.,  
First Lieutenant and Acting Assistant Adjutant General Wm. Gallaher to Captain Kaufman

Fort Gibson, C. N., April 23, 1864

 Captain KAUFMAN,
Commanding Detachments:

SIR: I have already sent two dispatches to you; one of them has been brought back from Shields, the other may have reached you. I ordered you then, as I do now, to come in as rapid as possible. Quantrill has been driven back across the Arkansas River. He has from 60 to 80 men. Colonel Adair, who came with him, has been driven across the Illinois River above Tahlequah, and will, I hope, be taken. The Illinois, Grand River, and all the creeks are rising.

Colonel Adair had 325 men. Watie with 300 is 10 miles from Boggy Depot on the Fort Smith road. Some Texans at Boggy. No large force there. As the rivers are rising you will see the propriety of returning speedily. If necessary, make raft. Let none of your command straggle, as Quantrill is around. Send a dispatch.

By order of Col. William A. Phillips, commanding:


First Lieutenant and Actg. Asst. Adjt. Gen.


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