Yesterday was an exceedingly hot day. We are having a very severe summer.
Rev. Chaplain Hamilton, of the 2d Colorado Regiment, will preach this evening at half past seven o'clock, at the Methodist Church.
The Military Telegraph line from Fort Leavenworth to St. Joseph on the Missouri side of the river, is nearly completed, and will be in operation in two or three days.
A body of three hundred Bushwhackers is reported to be in Platte county. A rumor was current yesterday that they were encamped somewhere between Platte City and Weston.
Orders published this morning state that the Enrolled Militia and Citizen Guards have been relieved of duty in this city. We trust these organizations will be kept in a state of continued efficiency by proper drill and reviews, so as to be ready for duty whenever needed.
THE DEATH OF CAPTAIN WAGONER. -- We have learned more fully the facts concerning the recent conflict with the bushwhackers between Independence and Pleasant Hill, in which Captain Wagoner and seven of his men were killed. The force of guerrillas is variously estimated at from seventy-five to one hundred. They were lying in wait, probably, for Gen. Totten, Colonel Ford and the escort with them. To decoy our forces into the ambush, they had sent a couple of their men to a ho use close by. As Captain Wagoner and his force, only twenty-six in all, rode up, these two fellows broke from the house and fled to the timber. Our boys rushed in pursuit, and were completely surrounded by the enemy before they were aware of the fact. At first fire Captain Wagoner was wounded and fell from his horse. He advanced, however, with a revolver in each hand, and fired several shots before he became so weak that he fell. He was overpowered and pierced with several balls. All of our boys fought desperately, and most of them cut their way out.
The following are the names of the killed and wounded, all of Company C, 2d Colorado Cavalry: Killed: Captain Seymour W. Wagoner, Corporal Eli Bear, Privates Michael Gunn, Henry Netson, Robert C. Stackhouse, John Laffer, Owen McFadden and Andrew T. Eaves. Cyrus Hughes was severely wounded in the right breast, but may recover. The bodies of the slain had been brutally treated by the fiends.
Captain Wagoner stood very high in his regiment as an officer and a gentleman, and his death is the cause of universal regret.