the St. Francis
, leaving McNeil
to parole the citizens and ravage that swampy region as usual.
In April, James R. Vanderpool
, of the Federal Missouri
militia, made raids into Carroll
and Marion counties
, in which he killed some non-combatants, reporting them as bushwhackers, besides taking off their stock and household goods.
has told how he conveyed information (such as he desired) to the enemy through deception practiced upon disloyal informers.
A man calling himself Wm. R. Johnson
was permitted to pass at will through the Confederate
camps, as a Southern sympathizer going to Missouri
, but who was really a Union refugee from Dallas county, Tex.
, going to Iowa
He passed up to Pilot Knob
, where he opened his budget of information to the Federal
commander of the post, who transmitted it to General Curtis
's statement was that he was stopped by Marmaduke
, February 1st, who admitted him to a conversation with Colonel Ponder
and himself, in which Marmaduke
said that General Price
was to move up White river
and to Rolla
, and had about 14,000 men, one-third being mounted; that Marmaduke
's intention was to march on Pilot Knob
with a command of about 4,000 men, etc. General Curtis
, desiring as usual to increase his force, sent the statement to the war department with this indorsement:
Price is no doubt going to move heaven and earth to raise or mass forces in Arkansas.
He ought to be attacked from Helena before he gets far in this scheme; his popularity in Arkansas and Missouri will enable him to do much mischief.
As now situated, eastern Arkansas is under Grant's command.
I am obliged to stop sending more troops from southeastern Missouri, until I ascertain the whereabouts of Marmaduke.
The circumstance is mentioned to call attention to the effect of these movements, and rumors of movements, against Missouri
, which were useful for the general