"Gary Swift, Dallas County MOGenWeb coordinator was working on his family lines and found mention of the Fowler and Hurst's Mill in the War of the Rebellion, a compilation of official Civil War Records of both the Union and Confederate armies. The report involves some rebels pursued by Company I, 16th Missouri Cavalry (previously the 6th Enrolled Missouri Militia), which was composed primarily of men from Dallas County, including Captain Morgan Kelly. This report makes it even more likely that Pryor truly was captured. This report follows:
Lebanon, May 21, 1865
John C. Redford, of Dallas County, makes the following [statement] about the rebels and their pursuit by Captain Kelly:
The rebels left Fowler and Hurst's Mill late last Thursday evening and went six miles northwest from the mill to William Hall's and tarried till after 10 o'clock at night. Captain Kelly and his command arrived at Fowler's Mill a little after dark on the same evening the rebels left and staid all night at the mill, and started on the train the next morning. The same morning that Captain Kelly left the mill the rebels killed eight Union men on the Little Mingo and took three prisioners a [short] distance from where Captain Kelly staid all night. The rebels then went up the Little Mingo to the Adams Settlement, not over eight miles from the mill. The rebels were going, when last heard from, in the direction of Warsaw, or the North Prarie, one hour and a half in advance of Captain Kelly.
I give the statement as Mr. Redford wrote it down.
Major Small requests you to say to General Sanborn that Mr. Redford states these rebels informed him there in that vicinity that you will have 400 rebels in the State of Missouri; that they had all started together and had scattered in different directions in small squads.