April 26, 1864,
Brigadier General John B. Sanborn to Major M. Burch
HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF SOUTHWEST MISSOURI,
Springfield, Mo., April 26, 1864.
Maj. M. BURCH,
Commanding at Neosho, Mo.:
MAJOR: I am advised by Colonel Phillips, commanding at Fort Gibson, that Colonel Adair with 325 men crossed the Illinois River above Tahlequah on the 23d instant. He may attempt to come north into Missouri. I think you should keep your scouts well out to the southwest and south, and be prepared for him if he comes. Call citizens to your aid if you need them. Quantrill has been up Grand River, but Colonel Phillips reports that he has returned and re-crossed the Arkansas. I will have more forces in your section as soon as grass grows a little more. Hold your forces well in hand and keep ready for any emergency in the mean time.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
JOHN B. SANBORN,
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