SIR: In obedience to orders I started from this post on the 8th instant upon a scout to Buffalo Creek, Ripley County, with twenty- five men. We marched by way of Moss Ferry, on Black River, and Van Buren,on Current River, thence in the direction of Pocahontas, Ark., to the head of Big Baum Creek and down the same to Current River; down Current River to the mouth of Buffalo, and up the same ten miles to the house of one John Land, a noted guerrilla, who was found lurking in the vicinity and was shot. We started from Land's and came through the country, traveling by paths to Shelton's Mills, on Current River, and from there to Patterson. On Brush Creek, in Centre County, we came upon two guerrillas, who were shot while attempting t make their escape. We found no enemy in force nor heard of none nearer than Jacksonport, except small parties of guerrillas. All men subject to military duty are ordered to report to the Southern army, and many are obeying the order. From the information I obtained the conscripts are sent to Jacksonport, whence they are to return to Missouri as soon as they are armed and organized. Forage can be obtained at a few points on the route. Corn crop looks fine. Result of scout, 3 jayhawkers shot, 3 horses and 9 head of beef cattle brought in.
I remain, major, your most obedient servant,
W. C. SHATTUCK,
Second Lieutenant Company I, Third Missouri State Militia.
This report states that Land was " shot " not that he was killed or captured. In the latter years of the James Gang there was a John Land who rode with Frank & Jesse. There are those researching my Land family that believe the outlaw John Land was connected to our family tree and they may have a photo of him. A line of our family migrated from Kentucky and settled in Illinois,Indiana,and probably Missouri. Would anyone with knowledge about Quantrill's Raiders or the James Gang be able to help me out with further information. Any would be appreciated !!!!