Missouri Civil War Dispatches-Paola
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Kansas Soldiers Paroled By Quantrill
Jennison Told To Stay Out Of Missouri
A Scout into Cass and Bates Counties
PAOLA, KANS., November 17, 1862.
Major-General CURTIS,
Commanding Department of the Missouri.
GENERAL: At the earnest solicitation of a number of men, members of Company H. Twelfth Regiment Kansas Volunteers, I take the liberty of addressing you in their behalf. The subject of this grievance is as follows:
In the latter part of September last a company of volunteers was recruited in Olathe, Johnson County, Kans., now Company H, Twelfth Kansas Volunteers, and at the time the town of Olathe was sacked and robbed by Quantrill's band some thirty or forty of Company H were taken prisoners and compelled to take an oath not to take up arms against the Southern Confederacy and discharged upon their parole. Since their return home some of them have been arrested and compelled to take up arms in their old company or be put into the guard house. I ask in their behalf that they be exchanged and released from their parole, or discharged from further service in Company H, as in your wisdom you may see fit.
I am, sir, with the most profound respect, your obedient servant,
Captain and Commissary of Subsistence of Volunteers.
NOVEMBER 24, 1862.
GENERAL: In a decision by you which I sent as letter of instruction you hold that soldiers of the Second Kansas captured by Quantrill should be considered as prisoners of war, and when paroled by Quantrill not ordered to duty till exchanged, except compatible duty.
Do these men come under the rule governing prisoners of war?
I think not. Quantrill's band are guerrillas as I understand it. They would not be received by the enemy on exchange, and we would try them by military commission. If this is so they cannot be made prisoners of war while the cartel lasts. The remedy is to order the men to duty with the assurance that in case the enemy attempt to treat them in case of regular capture with unusual severity the Government will make their cause its own. If they are taken by guerrillas they will be subject to no law and must not be taken.
Jennison Told To Stay Out Of Missouri
PAOLA, March 21, 1864.
Fifteenth Kansas Vol. Cav., Fort Leavenworth, Kans. :
Company F, Fifteenth Kansas, has been ordered from Topeka to Olathe.
Assistant Adjutant- General.
Paola, March 21, 1864.
Company C, Fifteenth Kansas Vol. Cav., Paola, Kans.:
SIR: The general commanding the district directs that you proceed with your command immediately to the eastern border of Miami County, and that you take post at some convenient point and patrol the country as far south as Trading Post, and at least as far north as West Point road. You will keep in communication with the detachment at Coldwater Grove.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Assistant Adjutant-General.
Paola, March 21, 1864.
Co. B, 15th Regt. Kans. Cav., Comdg. Detach.,
Cold Springs, Kans.:
Your dispatch of this morning is received. I send you by return of messenger the paper and envelopes required. The general commanding the district directs me to say that you will not go into Missouri, except upon express orders from these headquarters or upon the request of the commanding officer of some post in Missouri opposite you for assistance in case of emergency, unless you are in close
pursuit of the enemy. In such an event you are aiithorized to disregard lines and follow them into Missouri, reporting the fact at once to these headquarters and to the nearest post in Missouri to you.
Report any important information immediately to these headquarters. Company C, Fifteenth Kansas Cavalry, will be at Rockville
by noon to-day.
Yours, very respectfully, GEORGE S. HAMPTON,
Assistant Adjutant-General.
A Scout Into Cass and Bates Counties
MAY 3-11, 1863, Scout in Cass and Bates Counties, Mo.
Report of Col. Edward Lynde, Ninth Kansas Cavalry.
Paola, May 11, 1863.
Sir: I have the honor to report that, on the 3d instant, I left camp with small detachments from
Companies A, D, E, F, and K, of this regiment, for a scout in Cass and Bates Counties, Missouri. I
scoured Cass County and found no enemy; then turned into Bates County, and when about 10 miles north of Butler received your letter of instructions, dated Fort Leavenworth,__ 1863; also your letter dated Fort Leavenworth, May 5, directing Company D, Captain Charles F. Coleman, to move his company from Rockville to Butler, Mo., which was immediately complied with. I moved on to the Osage, intending to cross to Hog Island, but found the river too high, and did not cross; then turned east, and on the morning of the 8th, on Double Branches, found a gang of bushwhackers, under Jackman and Marchbanks, Quantrill having left on the night of the 6th instant for Henry County, Missouri, with 40 men.

We found Jackman and Marchbanks with about 20 men, who fled by ones and twos, and then escaped, except
7, who were reported killed by my soldiers. I found county rapidly filling up by bushwhackers'
families, who are returning from the South under the impression that Price is coming up, and had again
taken possession, with their stock. This stream, called the Double Branches, is their rendezvous, and
has been since the outbreak of this rebellion; but four loyal families live on it, and they are doubtful. About fifty or sixty families inhabit that country bordering on that stream. I notified them to leave and go south of the Arkansas River. A great part of them positively refused. I burned eleven houses, inhabited by bushwhackers' families, and drove off all the stock except that belonging to the reported loyal persons. We broke up four camps of bushwhackers and pursued them to the eastern side of Bates County. I think for the present no danger need be apprehended from that quarter. I will keep a close watch, for I am satisfied they intend to organize a force somewhere in that country; I think in Henry County.

The stock we took consists of a few yoke of oxen, mares and colts, young horses one and two years old,
cows and calves, and young cattle; in all about 350 head; also about 300 sheep. I believe it all to be
property of bushwhackers and rebel sympathizers. In view of the fact that pasture is scarce at Kansas
City and plenty here, and the stock the kind our Kansas farmers would like to buy, and some of it may
be proved away, I most respectfully ask for an order that will authorize the sale of it at this place.
Permit me to ask the question. How am I to send the rebel sympathizers and female rebels, who are
plentiful where I have been for the last ten days, south of the Arkansas River, particularly those who
have no way to go and those who refuse to go? I can see no way except to gather them all up and send
them in a Government train, and reimburse the Government by selling their stock. Company C, Captain
John E. Stewart, has not yet reported at Olathe. Scouting parties are constantly moving from the
different counties. Can I have your consent to go into the counties of Henry and Saline on our next
scout, if I find no enemy in the border counties, or if they run into those counties?
I am, sir, respectfully, your obedient servant,
Colonel, Commanding.
Capt. H. G. Loring,
Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.
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