May 7, 1864, Springfield, Mo.,
Brigadier General John B. Sanborn to Major O. D. Greene

 SPRINGFIELD, MO., May 7, 1864.

 Maj. O. D. GREENE,
Assistant Adjutant-General:

Major Cosgrove, Eighth Missouri State Militia, returned from a scout to Benton County, Ark., and the Indian Nation, last night. He had a skirmish with Stand Watie's command, killing 6 and capturing 3 prisoners. He reports that their force numbered about 400 men, and have gone south. The prisoners report that this force was sent out to reconnoiter and see their friends, and five days since received orders from General Price to come back south, and that most of the force had started before the skirmish. Quantrill left the Seneca Nation last Sunday, in person, with 57 men. Many of his men had gone on before, all moving up the border. All is now quiet in the district.


Brigadier-General, Commanding.


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