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HEADQUARTERS TROOPS SERVING IN KANSAS,

Fort Leavenworth, September 27, 1857. GOVERNOR: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your communication of yesterday's date, and, in compliance with your requisition, I enclose for your information a copy of special orders No. 77 from these headquarters, directing the movement of Sherman's battery and company “F,” 2d artillery, to the vicinity of the city of Lawrence.

Major Sherman has been instructed to report his force to yourself, upon his arrival, to act as a posse comitatus to execute such orders as you may deem proper to give him in that capacity. I am, governor, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

WM. S. HARNEY, Colonel 2d Dragoons, Brigadier General Commanding. His Excellency R. J. WALKER,

Governor of Kansas Territory, Fort Leavenworth, K. T.

HEADQUARTERS TROOPS SERVING IN KANSAS,

Fort Leavenworth, October 5, 1857. Official :

A. PLEASONTON, Captain 2d Dragoons, Acting Assistant Adjutant General.

SPECIAL ORDERS No. 77.

HEADQUARTERS TROOPS SERVING IN KANSAS,

Fort Leavenworth, September 26, 1857. I. Company “F” 2d artillery, and light company “E," 3d artillery, under the command of Major T. W. Sherman, 3d artillery, will proceed without delay to the vicinity of the city of Lawrence, in this Territory, in fulfilment of the requisition of the governor of Kansas Territory for their services, as a posse comitatus, to aid the civil authorities in the due execution of the law and for the preservation of the public peace.

Special instructions for his guidance will be given Major Sherman.

II. The quartermaster, subsistence, and ordinance departments at this post will furnish this command with the necessary transportation and supplies. Subsistence and forage for two weeks will be required. By order of General Harney :

A. PLEASONTON, Captain 2d Dragoons, Acting Assistant Adjutant General.

HEADQUARTERS TROOPS SERVING IN KANSAS,

Fort Leavenworth, September 26, 1857. MAJOR: The general commanding instructs you, upon arriving in the vicinity of the city of Lawrence, in obedience to special orders No. 77 from these headquarters, to report your force to the governor of this Territory, as a posse comitatus,'' to execute such orders as he may deem proper to give you in that capacity. I am, major, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

A. PLEASONTON, Capt. 2d Dragoons, Acting Assist. Adjt. General. Brevet Major T. W. SHERMAN, Capt. 3d Artillery,

Commanding Troops, &c., Fort Leavenworth, K. T.

HEADQUARTERS TROOPS SERVING IN KANSAS,

Fort Leavenworth, October 5, 1857.

Official:

A. PLEASONTON,
Capt. 2d Dragoons, Acting Assist. Adjt. General.

LEAVENWORTH, K. T.,

September 28, 1857. Sir: In pursuance of authority vested in me by the President of the United States, you are requested to direct Colonel Brooks' battery, supported by two foot companies of the 2d artillery, to proceed to Shawnee Mission, commonly called Gum Springs, in Johnson county, in Kansas, to act as a posse comitatus in aid of the civil authorities in the due execution of the laws, and for the preservation of the public peace.

You are requested to direct the troops to be present at the place above designated throughout the day of election in this Territory, which is the first Monday of October next. It is desired that the troops should remain at the place above stated only until the day succeeding the election, unless the proper authorities hereafter referred to, in the execution of their duties, should deem it necessary longer to detain them. The United States marshal or sheriff, it is presumed, will be at or near this point, to whom the officer in command should report himself and his force for the objects above specified. Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

R. J. WALKER,

Governor of Kansas Territory. Brevet Brig. Gen. WILLIAM S. HARNEY,

Commanding Troops serving in Kansas.

HEADQUARTERS TROOPS SERVING IN KANSAS,

Fort Leavenworth, October 5, 1857.

Official:

A. PLEASONTON,
Capt. 2d Dragoons, Acting Assist. Adjt. General.

HEADQUARTERS TROOPS SERVING IN KANSAS,
Fort Leavenworth, September 28, 1857.

. GOVERNOR : I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your communication of this date, requesting a battery and two companies of the 2d artillery to be sent to Shawnee Mission as a posse comitatus to aid the civil authorities at the approaching election to preserve the public peace and to execute the laws.

A copy of special orders No. 78, from these headquarters, is enclosed for your information; and I have further to state that special instructions, agreeably to your desires, have been given Lieutenant Colonel Brooks, commanding, for his guidance. I am, governor, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

WM. S. HARNEY,

Col. 2d Dragoons, Brig. Gen. Com’g. His Excellency R. J. WALKER,

Governor of Kansas Territory, Fort Leavenworth, K. T.

HEADQUARTERS TROOPS SERVING IN KANSAS,

Fort Leavenworth, October 5, 1857.

Official:

A. PLEASONTON,
Capt. 2d Dragoons, Acting Assist. Adjt. General.

SPECIAL ORDERS NO. 78.

HEADQUARTERS TROOPS SERVING IN KANSAS,

Fort Leavenworth, September 28, 1857. I. Light company A, with companies E and H, 2d artillery, under the command of Brevet Lieutenant Colonel Horace Brooks, captain 2d artillery, will proceed without delay to Shawnee Mission, commonly called Gum Springs, in Johnson county, Kansas Territory, in compliance with the requisition of the governor of the Territory for their services as a posse comitatus in aid of the civil authorities to preserve the public peace and in the due execution of the laws.

Special instructions for his guidance will be given to Colonel Brooks.

II. The quartermaster, subsistence, and ordnance departments at this post will furnish the necessary transportation and supplies for the proper execution of this order. Forage and subsistence for fourteen days will be required.

III. There being no medical officer at this post assignable for service with the detachment of dragoons under orders for New Mexico, the senior medical officer present will employ a suitable person to accompany this command in that capacity. By order of General Harney:

A. PLEASONTON,
Capt. 2d Dragoons, Acting Assist. Adjt. General.

HEADQUARTERS TROOPS SERVING IN KANSAS,

Fort Leavenworth, September 28, 1857. COLONEL: By special orders No. 78, from these headquarters, a copy of which is enclosed, you are directed to repair without delay, in command of light company “A,” and companies “E” and “H,” 2d artillery, to Shawnee Mission, commonly called Gum Springs, in Johnson county, in this Territory, to aid the civil authorities with your force as a posse comitatus at the approaching election, to take place on the first Monday of October next, in preserving the peace and in the due execution of the laws.

You are further instructed by the general commanding to report your force, upon your arrival at the Shawnee Mission, to the United States marshal or sheriff as a posse comitatus for the purposes above indicated ; and you will remain at that position until after the election, when you will return with your command to this post, unless the civil authorities should deem it proper and necessary still longer to detain you.

You will proceed direct to Shawnee Mission, without passing through Kansas, or any other town en route.

Copies of a proclamation by the governor of this Territory will be furnished to you, which will be distributed to the officers of your command ; and you will also present a copy to each of the judges of election, and the sheriff or marshal at Shawnee Mission. I am, colonel, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

A. PLEASONTON,

Capt. 2d Dragoons, A. Asst. Adjt. Gen’l. Brevet Lieut. Colonel HORACE BROOKS, Capt. 2d Artillery, Commanding Troops, &c.,

Fort Leavenworth, K. T.

HEADQUARTERS TROOPS SERVING IN KANSAS,

Fort Leavenworth, October 5, 1857.

Official :

A. PLEASONTON,
Capt. 2d Dragoons, A. Asst. Adjt. Gen’l.

LEAVENWORTH, K. T., October 3, 1857. SIR: Under the authority vested in me by the President of the United States, you are requested to place the troops at the following points in this county, to act as a posse comitatus in aid of the civil authorities in the due execution of the laws, for the protection of the polls at the ensuing election, and for the preservation of the public peace :

1st. Two companies of 1st cavalry at the city of Leavenworth. 2d. Two companies of 6th infantry at Kickapoo. 3d. One company of 2d artillery at Easton. I desire these companies to remain at the points indicated until the election is over, and that the officer in command at the city of Leavenworth report to me there, and the other officers apply to me for instructions before leaving.

So soon as the election is over, I desire the troops to return to this post. Respectfully, yours,

R. J. WALKER,

Governor of Kansas Territory. Brevet Brig. General WILLIAM S. HARNEY,

Commanding Troops serving in Kansas.
HEADQUARTERS TROOPS SERVING IN KANSAS,

Fort Leavenworth, October 5, 1857. Official :

A. PLEASONTON,
Capt. 2d Dragoons, A. Asst. Adjt. Genl.

HEADQUARTERS TROOPS SERVING IN KANSAS,

Fort Leavenworth, October 3, 1857. GOVERNOR: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your communication of this date, making requisition upon me for troops to be stationed at different points in this county during the ensuing election, on the 5th instant, as a posse comitatus to aid the civil authorities in the due execution of the laws, for the protection of the polls, and for the preservation of the public peace.

I have accordingly issued the necessary orders, in fulfilment of your requisition, and I have given the officers commanding such instructions as will insure a compliance with your desires. I am, governor, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

WM. S. HARNEY,

Col. 2d Dragoons, Brig. General Commanding. His Excellency R. J. WALKER, Governor of Kansas Territory, Fort Leavenworth, K. T.

, HEADQUARTERS TROOPS SERVING IN KANSAS,

Fort Leavenworth, October 5, 1857. Official :

A. PLEASONTON,
Capt. 2d Dragoons, A. Asst. Adjutant General.

SPECIAL ORDERS No. 85.

HEADQUARTERS TROOPS SERVING IN KANSAS,

Fort Leavenworth, October 3, 1857. I. Upon the requisition of his excellency the governor of this Territory, the following named troops will proceed to the respective places

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