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

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been received. 1 You will see from the information contained in it that the movements ordered would not probably have been with these facts known.

I would also report that this Post is not supplied with teams for moving any conciderable body of troops.

Respectfully
To Capt. J. C. Kelton Your Obt. Svt.
Asst. Adj. Gen U. S. A. U. S. GRANT
St. Louis Mo Brig. Gen. Com

ALS, DNA, RG 393, Western Dept., Letters Received.

1.
On Aug. 12, 1861, Maj. Gen. John C. Frémont wrote to USG. "You are hereby directed for the purpose of keeping both your flanks open and retaining control over the whole neighborhood of your position to send one column to Centreville and another to Frederickstown of both which places you will take possession. At the same time you are required to send out with all necessary precautions a moving column on the road to Greenville whose duty it will be to ascertain the enemy's forces, movements, and intentions. A report having reached this department that Potosi had been captured by a force of the enemy's cavalry I yesterday ordered Col. Schaefer with his regiment, strengthened by two com- panies of Illinois troops and fifty Illinois cavalry to retake and hold that place. After the occupation of Potosi Col. Schaefer is directed to report to you and to make the proper dispositions for the protection of the railroad and bridges. Major Kraut at present in Ironton will be ordered to this city for the purpose of erecting fortifications here. His place will be supplied by First Lieutenant Wm Hoelcke of the Engineer Corps who will be instructed immediately upon his arrival to report himself to you and to carry on and complete the works commenced by Major Kraut." Copies, ibid., USG Hd. Qrs. Correspondence; DLC-USG, V, 7, 8. O. R., I, iii, 437-38.
To Col. Frederick Schaefer
Headquarters Ironton, Mo.
August 13th 1861.
COL. SCHAFER COMD'G &C
POTOSI, MO.

I have reliable information that some 3000 troops, badly armed, are to make a descent upon the railroad tomorrow with the design of cutting off communication with St. Louis. By leav

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