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he regiment numbered one thousand and twenty men, all of whom were thoroughly uniformed and equipped, and armed with the Enfield rifle. Col. Willitts, of the Kansas Brigade, arrived at Leavenworth, Kansas, this evening, and reported the following facts: Gen. Price was at Osceola on the 1st December, with about eighteen thousand men; he made a speech, and told them he was going to Kansas to avenge the burning of Osceola. On Friday last, December 6th, thirteen persons started from near Olathe, in company with a Union man who had been driven out of Missouri, to get some hogs belonging to the refugee. They were attacked from the border in Missouri by about thirty or forty rebels, when they retired back into Kansas, and soon raised near two hundred men, with whom they returned. They soon met the enemy, who also had been reinforced by a considerable body, and a skirmish commenced, which lasted all day Saturday, resulting in a drawn battle, with two Nationals wounded, three rebels k
schooner Rambler. She had run the blockade at Sabine Pass, Texas, and was bound to Havana heavily laden with cotton. Among the papers found on board was a memorandum in writing, directing the captain of the Rambler to sell the cotton at Havana, and with the proceeds of the sale to purchase powder, medicines, army shoes and other contraband articles, and without delay to return to Sabine Pass. Colonel Burris, sent in pursuit of the guerrillas under Quantrel, after their attack upon Olathe, Mo., overtook them five miles north of Pleasant Hill, Mo., and after a short skirmish compelled them to retreat, leaving in the hands of the Nationals all their transportation and subsistence, one thousand rounds of ammunition, one hundred horses, five wagons, a number of tents and other camp equipage, and a large quantity of dry goods, and other articles stolen from the citizens of Olathe.--Official Report. Major-General Banks, in compliance with an order issued on the seventh instant
ces. In advance of their return, I submit a report of the raid, which in some respects may be deficient, for want of official information from them. Three or four times this summer the guerrillas have assembled to the number of several hundred, within twenty or thirty miles of the Kansas border. They have threatened alternately Lexington, Independence, Warrensburgh, and Harrisonville; and frequent reports have reached me from scouts and spies that they meant to sack and destroy Shawnee, Olathe, Paola, Mound City, and other towns in Kansas near the eastern border. I placed garrisons in all these Kansas towns, and issued arms and rations to volunteer militia companies there. From trustworthy sources I learned, toward the last of July, that they were threatening a raid on Lawrence; and soon after they commenced assembling on the Sinabar, in the western part of Lafayette county. I at once ordered a company of infantry, which was then coming down from Fort Ripley, to stop at Lawrenc
m which it appears that he was again whipped by Price and driven entirely back to the Big Blue; and even after that, one of the fords of the river was carried by Price. The telegram adds: A message has been received from General Pleasanton stating that he was pressing Price with twenty thousand men; he had fought them on the field of yesterday, drove them from Independence, and pursuing them sharply. Price is heading for Kansas, and may cross the State line on his retreat. We move in Olathe soon. Our rear had a sharp skirmish with the rebels at the Big Blue this evening, capturing fourteen and killing one. Of course, if Price was pressing Blunt's rear at the Big Blue on Friday evening, he could not, at the same time, have been fighting Pleasanton at Independence. The affair is closed up by a dispatch from Kansas City, dated the 23d, based upon the story of an "informant," who claims that Price was defeated in a general battle. The telegram says: A general batt