that there must still be a large force of the enemy north of us, I moved forward slowly, on the 18th, toward Warrensburg, and, when near that town, the spies and scouts I had sent out before marching from Sedalia, in the direction of Lexington, Waverly, and Arrow Rock, reported to me that a large force was moving from the two latter places, and would encamp that night at the mouth of Clear Creek, just south of Milford.
I posted the main body of my command between Warrensburg and Knob Nosternesday) we camped two and a half miles west of Warrensburg.
The reports were again confirmed and magnified by a loyal man, who was on his way to give us the information.
He gave their location as at Kilpatrick's mill, on the Clear fork of Blackwater Creek.
（Milford is the post-office name.) Early, therefore, on Thursday morning, more prisoners having made their way into our camp during the previous night, we started in the direction of Knob Noster, being directly south of the enemy.