a cavalry, has eight hundred men and two pieces.
of the Second Indian battery, stationed at Newtonia, twenty-five miles northwest of Cassville.
From all accounts he is an active and energetic officer, and is doing good service for the State.
There are also fortifications and a block house at Newtonia, so that the principal part of the cavalry force stationed there can be kept in the field.
Two companies of the Eighth Missouri State Militia cavalry, are stationed at Neosho, under Captain Milton Burch, one of the most efficient officers in Southwest Missouri.
There are also several companies stationed at Mount Vernon, thirty miles northeast of this place, and at Springfield there are probably between three and four thousand effective troops.
The Missouri State troops are well armed, mounted and equipped, and should be, and I believe are, effective troops in the service of the State.
They could, no doubt, maintain order in this State and suppress guerrilla warfare, if our volu
n, commanding at Newtonia, sent out two hundred mounted militia in the direction of Carthage and Spring River, with the determination of driving Livingston's old band out of that section.
This force had a skirmish with the enemy in which four rebels were killed and one of the militia wounded.
The next day a trail some distance south of the place where the skirmish occurred was discovered, and it is believed that the larger portion of the guerrilla force of that section have gone south.
Major Burch, commanding a battalion of the Eighth Missouri militia cavalry at Neosho, has been displaying great activity lately in scouting the country for a distance of twenty-five miles north, west and south of his station.
He is regarded as a brave and very efficient officer and the guerrillas will doubtless prefer to keep a safe distance from his troops.
His soldiers are well mounted and armed, and know the country as well as the enemy.
Colonel Cloud, with most of his regiment, the Second K