To John G. Nicolay 
J. G. Nicolay War Department, Washington, D.C.,
St. Louis, Mo. Oct. 21. 9/45 PM 1864.
While Curtis is fighting Price have you any idea where the force under Rosecrans is? or what it is doing? A. LINCOLN
 ALS, DNA WR RG 107, Presidential Telegrams, I, 208. No reply from Nicolay has been found. General Curtis telegraphed Halleck from ``Near Independence, Mo.'' on October 21: ``I have been fighting Price three hours on the Little Blue with my cavalry. We have a strong position fifteen miles in the rear, where I intend to make a stand. . . .'' (OR, I, XLI, IV, 163). On the same day Rosecrans was on the road to Lexington, Missouri, ``Camp near Davis' Creek'' (ibid., p. 158). Nicolay had written Lincoln an eleven-page letter reporting on Missouri affairs, from Springfield, Illinois, October 18, which would indicate that he had already left St. Louis and hence probably never received Lincoln's telegram (DLC-RTL).