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following account of this affair: West-plains, April 30. On the sixteenth instant, Col. McCrellis, of the Third Illinois cavalry, was sent by Gen. Curtis with a detachment to the southward, of White River. It was said that these works were protected by a rebel guard of fifty men. Col. McCrellis sent Capt. Drummond, with a detachment of twenty men, to reconnoitre and, if possible, destr. Drummond and party then returned to the main command at Talbott's Barrens, the point where Col. McCrellis had moved in order to support the former if necessary. On the same day that Capt. Drummon on their side of the river, the men yelling and rushing to and fro. A messenger was sent to Col. McCrellis for reinforcements, when Capt. Drummond with sixty men, Capt. McFall and Lieut. Crabtree, wie river being too much swollen to effect a crossing, our party returned to the common road. Col. McCrellis then struck across the country to the vicinity of Rockbridge, having been absent on his expe