Doc. 223. Gen. Hunter and Si Gordon. Gen. Hunter's proclamation.
The part of Missouri in which Platte County is situated borders on Leavenworth County, Kansas, the Missouri River only being the dividing line; and as long as the rebels are allowed to roam about in the former county, committing depredations without let or hindrance, so long will this part of Kansas be hourly in danger of a raid from such lawless vagabonds. The rebels there are not an army fighting for independence, but more like a body of reckless banditti, who would scarcely have any more respect for those who sympathize with the doctrine they pretend to uphold, than they would for those who are opposed to them, providing that by an attack they could obtain plunder of any value. Such being the case, General Hunter issued his proclamation.