August 9, 1864,
Colonel J. H. Ford to Captain J. H. Steger
INDEPENDENCE, MO., August 9, 1864.
Capt. J. H. STEGER,
Capt. Thomas Moses, returned from a scout last evening, reports that Quantrill, Todd, and Thrailkill, Yeager, Thornton, Taylor, and Anderson, with about 300 men, were camped on the 4th instant on John Campbell's farm, in La Fayette County, about five miles west of Greenton and twelve miles north of Chapel Hill, in Sni timber. They left on the evening of the 5th. Mrs. Campbell told the captain that Todd had 150 men. He came there first with his command on Thursday morning, 4th instant, and left the same evening. They divided up in small parties, and a large party of them came back toward the Blue. I shall have a large foot scout out to-night in that direction.
J. H. FORD,
(Copy forwarded to Major Greene, assistant adjutant-general, Department of the Missouri.)
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