Lecompton Sept 2nd
10 OClock A.M.
I send you a brief note believing that it would be satisfactory.
All is excitement & confusion
Nothing but war & rumour of war are the order of the day.
On Saturday there was a battle fought at Ossawattamie Genl Reed commanding three hundred men marched against Capt Brown of Ossawattamie Routed him in twenty minutes Killed twenty (old Brown) took six prisoners Destroyed the town and took forty horses Loss on our side none, four of our men have been wounded – there was a fight at Prairie City – two of the abolitionist killed our loss – none – The southern Division Coffey commanding will eat Breakfast in Laurence Wednesday morning, our force here six hundred – your friend
H J Strickler