July 18, 1864, Lexington,
Colonel, Jason McFerran to Captain James H. Steger
LEXINGTON, July 18, 1864.
Capt. JAMES H. STEGER,
Assistant Adjutant-General, Warrensburg:
I have this minute received a dispatch from Captain Whitmer, Enrolled Missouri Militia, at Richmond, that a force of 300 or 400 guerrillas, of Thornton's command, were about ten miles from Richmond, moving on that place at about 4 o'clock yesterday. Please send me a section of artillery immediately. I have ordered Major Neill's force to join me. The purpose of the rebels, I am informed, is to cross the river east of this place. Thornton was not with them, but was moving in the same direction; supposed to be farther north. His entire force is represented to be 1,200. This information is from a man who was a prisoner in their hands on yesterday. He thinks Quantrill was in command.
Colonel First Cavalry Missouri State Militia, Comdg.
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