The latest from Missouri.
preparing to cross the Osage river
in Hot Pursuit of the Retreating rebels.
--A messenger from Gen. Fremont
reports his arrival at Warsaw
, on the Osage river
, (about 65 miles Southwest of Jefferson City
,) which he was preparing to cross by means of pontoon bridges.
He expected to be across the river by Wednesday night. On his arrival at the Osage
, the opposite bank was filled with rebel cavalry, who were dispersed by shelling them.
was determined to push on energetically and force the rebels to fight or retreat.
It is reported that Gen. Price
has made a stand in Cedar county
, 25 miles from Osceola
, with a force of 20,000 men.
Gen. Price going to show fight.
has sent a dispatch here stating that he has reason to believe that General Sterling Price
has retraced, or will retrace, his steps to the Osage river
, and there make a stand, and give our forces battle.
Adjutant General Smith
informs me that he has raised over 10,000 men for the Missouri State militia, and thinks he will be enabled in due season to obtain the remainder of the 42,000.
A large supply of transportation is now on its way here from St. Louis
--We are here with parts of General Seigel
's advance is already across the Osage river
His cavalry to-day had a skirmish with one of the enemy's mounted parties, and took three prisoners.--He is in possession of the bridge over the Pommede Terre river, with infantry and artillery.
The main body of the enemy is reported to be forty-five miles distant.
learns that Dr. Winer
of the Twenty-third Illinois regiment, of Col. Mulligan
's brigade, started on Wednesday, by order of General Curtis
, for Gen. Price
's headquarters, with an offer to effect the liberty of Col. Mulligan
by tendering in his place the release of General Frost
, who was taken after the capture of Camp Jackson, from his parole of honor.
We hear, also, that a like exchange will be tendered for Col. Bowen
More fighting in Missouri.
--The following dispatch was received from the office at Pilot Knob
b, dated 10 o'clock last night:
, of the 1st Indiana Cavalry, made an attack on the enemy this morning, when discovering their strength and position, he fell back until he came upon Col. Alexandria
's command of 600 infantry of the 21st Illinois, with one piece of artillery.
The enemy followed, fighting all the way. Maj. Garritt
then got his guns in position, and concealing his infantry, caused part of his command to retreat further, drawing the enemy into ambuscade, and finally forcing them to fall back with a heavy loss.
, recently reported as in Kentucky
, is now said to be marching to the aid of Gen. Price
with 20,000 troops, and is expected to reach him by next Sunday.
Nothing has been heard from our advanced guard to-day.
says that Gen. Fremont
's removal will take place early next week, probably on Tuesday, the order having been handed him by Secretary Cameron
. Gen. Fremont
asked a delay of a few days.
Reinforcements ordered to Kentucky.
--Yesterday Gen. Sherman
telegraphed an urgent demand for reinforcements, and on the arrival of Secretary Cameron
here, orders were sent for eight thousand troops more, to be sent to Kentucky
may now be considered safe.
An important action in Central Kentucky
is expected shortly.