December 29, 1864,
Colonel Jno. F. Phillips to Major J. W. Barnes
WARRENSBURG, MO., December 29, 1864--8.10 p.m.
Maj. J. W. BARNES,
Assistant Adjutant-General, Dept. of the Missouri, Saint Louis:
I have had heavy scouts in Saline County and northeastern part of La Fayette County for past week. Just come in; found no guerrillas. It is not improbable that much of the trouble recently in Saline was occasioned by local thieves, regardless of politics. Quantrill was in there three weeks ago. One McReynolds, near Miami, confessed to have fed and aided him all he could voluntarily. The scout shot him.
JNO. F. PHILIPS,
Colonel, Commanding District.
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