September 17, 1864,
Brigadier General E. B. Brown to Major General George Sykes
HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF CENTRAL MISSOURI,
Warrensburg, September 17, 1864.
Maj. Gen. GEORGE SYKES,
Letter of the 7th received. Report is an exaggeration, if not totally false. The rebels are in La Fayette County, and my troops report that Quantrill was killed in April. Coon Thornton went south with about 150 men, all he could raise on the north side of the river, about the 1st instant. The guerrillas will not move in a large body, and thus attract attention, if they should go south this fall. I think that when cold weather comes more of them will go into the loyal States. They did not join Shelby when he made his raid last year, and I do not think any considerable number of them Would do so if he comes again. I hope you will not hesitate to enter the district if you deem it necessary. Advise me by telegraph, if you please, of any such movement, so that I can, as far as possible, guard against mistake.
E. B. BROWN,
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