Headquarters U S. Forces.|
Jefferson City Mo, Aug. 27 1861|
|CAPT. S. BUTLER|
|ST Louis MO.|
Two spies, one from the neighborhood of Lebanon, and the other from Springfield, 1 have come in this morning. The one from Lebanon reports that the southern army is traveling north in small bodies, and secessionists say, with a view of concentrating about Linn Creek. 2 The citizens of Lebanon expected a body of 10000 men within a few days of the time my informant left.
The one from Springfield reports substantially the same thing, so far as the moving of troops in detachments goes. He says that after the battle of Springfield, 3 the rebels concealed a portion of their artillery and commenced a retreat without burying any considerable portion of their dead Finding however that a retreat had commenced from the other side, they returned to Springfield, after having made a retrogade movement of some five miles.
I sent out on Sunday a detachment of home-guards 4 to arrest two secession captains that I learned had come in. They succeeded in finding them by coming upon them in the night. Their names are J. Johnson of Miller County and B. Barnd 5 of Cole. These men claim to have come in under the proclamation of Governor