The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant: April-September 1861 - Vol. 2

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ALS, DNA, RG 393, Western Dept., Letters Received. O. R., I, iii, 432-33.

Greenville, Mo., about thirty-seven miles south of Ironton.
On Aug. 4, 1861, Brig. Gen. William J. Hardee wrote from Greenville to Maj. Gen. Leonidas Polk that his force consisted of 1,000 inf., 250 cav., and a battery of art. He could also put in the field 1,000 to 1,500 Missourians. Ibid., p. 629. Hardee expected 2,000 more men, Mo. state troops commanded by Brig. Gen. M. Jeff Thompson, in order to advance on Ironton, but Thompson was ordered to support Maj. Gen. Gideon Pillow at New Madrid, Mo. Ibid., pp. 631-43; Jay Monaghan, Swamp Fox of the Confederacy: The Life and Military Services of M. Jeff Thompson (Tuscaloosa, 1956), pp. 30-32. Problems of C. S. A. command in southeast Mo. are discussed in Nathaniel Cheairs Hughes, Jr., General William J. Hardee ( Baton Rouge, 1965), pp. 78-79. On Aug. 12, Hardee wrote Polk. "I cannot count on more than 4,000 effective men." O. R., I, iii, 644. See also ibid., I, liii, 725-29.
Brunot, Mo., about twenty-two miles south of Ironton.
See letter to Capt. John C. Kelton, Aug. 14, 1861, note 4.
To Commanding Officer, 15th Illinois
Headquarters Ironton Mo.
August 10 1861

You will place two companies of your regiment on the Iron Mountain Railroad at such points as may be indicated by Lieut Col Kallman 1 and send two Companies to Potosi. 2 The remainder, with the artillery accompanying will come on to Pilot Knob to be disposed of here. The Companies going to Potosi will take with them as many days rations as you have with you for your command, and at least 100 rounds of ammunition. You will report to these Headquarters immediately the number of days issued for, and make a requition upon the commissary at this place in time to insure your men rations

Brig. Genl.

Copies, DLC-USG, V, 1, 2, 3; DNA, RG 393, USG Letters Sent. The 15th Ill. was commanded by Col. Thomas J. Turner who was probably away at the time USG wrote.


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