April 23, 1864, Fort
Gibson, C. N.,
First Lieutenant and Acting Assistant Adjutant General Wm. Gallaher to Commanding Officer of Supply Train from Fort Smith
HEADQUARTERS INDIAN BRIGADE,
Fort Gibson, C. N., April 23, 1864.
Train from Fort Smith:
SIR: I desire to notify you that the column on my east flank has fled precipitately across Illinois River, which was almost past fording and which now bars pursuit. But he cannot trouble you. Quantrill, afraid of the forces I was concentrating on him and that were in his rear, fled south last night and crossed Arkansas in the night. My scout was on his trail at daylight, 6 miles west of Creek Agency. Captain Kaufman may still get him. The river is past fording below the mouth of Grand River, and is rapidly rising above, as is the Verdigris. Grand River is past fording. You had better push on rapidly.
By order of Col. William A. Phillips, commanding:
First Lieutenant and Actg. Asst. Adjt. Gen.
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