Below we give the most interesting items in regard to affairs in Missouri
which we were able to glean from our Northern files:
Gen. Price Retreating--his force said to be thirty thousand strong.
Rolla, Mo., Nov. 11, 1861.
--All our sick and wounded in Spring field, able to be removed, were to leave there on Saturday night for St. Louis
, and orders had been given to have the rest start as soon as they are able.
had fallen back eight miles from Cassville
, near the State
line, and was moving south.
It was believed to be reliably ascertained that his policy was to lead our army n, but not to fight, simply to keep a large force there, so as to draw troops from the Mississippi Valley
The general belief in his camp was that St. Louis
would soon be in the hands of the rebels from Columbus, Kentucky
There had been a good deal of trouble about slaves, who had escaped into Gen. Lane
's and other camps, and Gen. Hunter
had given owners permission to search our camps and reclaim them if they could find them.
The ten missing men of General Fremont's body guard had returned to Springfield
They report General Price
's force to be about 30,000 strong, with thirty pieces of artillery, twelve pieces of which had recently been received from Memphis
, whence other supplies were being received.
Springfield, Mo., Nov. 5.
--The following is a special dispatch to the St. Louis Democrat
has not yet put into effect any decided measures for the conduct of the campaign, but I am informed he will adopt plans entirely different from those of Gen. Fremont
. was sent out on a reconnaissance yesterday, with 1,400 cavalry, and a section of artillery, and explored the country around Wilson's Creek
, but discovered no enemy, their advance having left for the South
The main body of the rebels is supposed to be still in the vicinity of Casville.
has little faith at present in their having designs of attacking us. He will, however, in a few days, have such reliable information of their numbers and position, &c., as to decide his future course.
The troops are now as apparently enthusiastic as ever, and the more they learn of their new commander the better they are satisfied with him. This feeling is also strengthened by the high opinion entertained of Gen. Hunter
by all the old regular army officers.
's position on the ‘"contraband"’ question is understood to be as follows:
All negroes coming into camp will be retained, and such of them as are proved the property of Union men will be appraised and receipted for, to be paid when and how Congress may see fit.
, Acting Brigadier-General
, will also remain, and several other foreign officers, who first decided to leave, will remain.
Marcus J. Parrott
, of Kansas
, has been appointed on Gen. Hunter
Springfield, Nov. 6.
--According to information received by Gen. Hunter
, it is now said that Gen. Price
has no intention of attacking us, and if pursued still further by us he will scatter his army or retreat to Fort Smith
, and await developments on the Potomac
and in Kentucky
It is very doubtful whether any further advance of our main army will be made, but further intelligence of the number and position of the rebels may change this policy.
has been appointed commander of this post.
spent a part of yesterday in visiting the camps and examining into the general condition of the army, and to-day he has gone on a reconnaissance touch, with his body guard, four hundred infantry, a battery, and several companies of cavalry.
Brigadier General Sturgis
has been appointed chief of the Staff
and of Cavalry on Hunter