August 29, 1864, Paola,
Brigadier General Thos. J. McKean to Maj. C. S. Charlot, with report from Colonel C. W. Blair
PAOLA, August 29, 1864.
Maj. C. S. CHARLOT,
Assistant Adjutant-General, Fort Leavenworth:
I have the honor to report the following from Colonel Blair, being the latest information:
FORT SCOTT, August 29, 1864.
Capt. G. S. HAMPTON, Assistant Adjutant-General:
A small scouting party of mine caught a man named Jackson on Clear Creek who had been, as he said, conscripted into the bushwhacking service about four weeks ago. He led them on to his party of nineteen men, 2 of whom were killed and 2 more each shot in the back. One of the wounded men was Bob Marchbanks, but they got off. My men found the bushwhackers just as the prisoner told them, and they have sent him up to me. He says that they are at Eaton, on the Osage, and frequently at Montevallo, too; that Bill Anderson, one of Quantrill's men, is in Carroll County with 400 men, and reporting Major Pickler, who is on Cowskin Prairie, with about 500 more. He says that they talk a good deal of Shelby soon coming up. I have got some information from the prisoner about the habits and haunts of these fellows that I hope to make useful.
C. W. BLAIR,
Please do not allow to be published.
THO. J. McKEAN,
Brigadier-General, U.S. Volunteers.
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