HEAD-QUARTERS, DEPARTMENT OF KANSAS,
FORT LEAVENWORTH, Dec. 1, 1861.
To the Trustees of Platte City, Platte Co., Mo.:
GENTLEMEN: Having received reliable information of depredations and outrages of every kind committed by a man named Si Gordon, a leader of rebel marauding bands. I give you notice that unless you seize and deliver the said Gordon to me at these head-quarters, within ten days from this date, or drive him out of the county, I shall send a force to your city with orders to reduce it to ashes, and to burn the house of every secessionist in your county, and to carry away every slave.
Col. Jennison's regiment will be entrusted with the execution of this order.
The following persons are particularly directed to this notice:— David Hunt, Clinton Cockerill, James Merryman, Robert Cain, John Murray, H. T. Freeland, William Paxton, W. C. Bemington, Andrew Tribble, R. P. S. Ely, Jackson Miller, Robert Clark, W. Tutman, H. M. Cochrane, Samuel M. Hayes, Joseph Todd, and Jonas Burkhart.