and concentrated them at Jefferson City, where both troops and citizens are hard at work in erecting fortifications.
General Kirby Smith, spoken of by some Eastern papers as commanding the rebel forces in this State, is not in Missouri.
It was reported some days ago that he would probably join General Price, but he has not been heard of since.
General Pleasanton relieved General Blair of the command of the city and county of St. Louis to-day.
Escaped prisoners who arrived at De Soto to-day report Pilot Knob still held by the rebels, but their numbers and probable movements are yet unknown.
It is understood that a portion of General Smith's forces started for Franklin, at the intersection of the Pacific and Southwest Branch roads, forty miles west of here, to-night.
The "very latest" from Missouri is a dispatch dated at St. Louis, October 2, which says:
A gentleman who left Pilot Knob on Friday night reports that Price has from twenty thousand to twenty-