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

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To Maj. Gen. John C. Frémont
Cairo Ills
Sept 2nd 1861
SIR

I left Cape Girardeau at 10 o.clock a.m. Genl Prentiss raised the question of rank and finally refused to obey my orders. Last night he tendered his resignation after being refused a leave of absence, but said he would command as directed untill your deciseon.

To day he positively refused and reported himself in arrest.

I have placed Col Cook in command with directions to remain at Jackson untill further orders. 1 I propose ordering Genl McClernand to that command if not prohibited.

Thirty thousand Rations were sent to Jackson last night and this morning

I will forward by tomorrows mail 2 a copy of all orders issued to Genl Prentiss to gether with charges

Respectfully
Your obt Servt
U. S. GRANT
To Maj Genl J. C. Fremont Brig Genl Comdg
St Louis Mo

Telegram, copies, DLC-USG, V, 4, 5, 7, 8, 78; DNA, RG 393, USG Hd. Qrs. Correspondence. O. R., I, iii, 145-46. On Sept. 2, 1861, Maj. Gen. John C. Frémont replied to USG's telegram twice by telegraph. "Following is copy of dispatch sent Gen'l Prentiss. 'To Brig. Gen. Prentiss: I would suggest for the interests of the public service that you withdraw your resignation until you can communicate with the War Department for your own satisfaction. General Orders No. 62, and Special Orders No. 141, War Department, both place General Grant above you in the order of precedence, and I had no resource but to restore him to a command from which he had been erroneously removed.' " "General Prentiss is ordered to report to me in person. Forward by Express all telegraphic communications to him" Copies, DLC-USG, V, 4, 5, 7, 8; DNA, RG 393, USG Hd. Qrs. Correspondence; ibid., Western Dept., Telegrams.

1.
See letter to Col. John Cook, Sept. 2, 1861.
2.
See following letter.

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