September 3d 1861|
The movements from Jackson having been detained you will retain possession of Belmont until otherwise directed. —The movement upon Charleston being deferred you may make such reconnoisance as is safe and report to me at this place
|U. S. GRANT|
|Brig Genl Comdg|
|To Col Waagner|
|Chief of Artillery|
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 1, 2, 3, 77; DNA, RG 393, USG Letters Sent. O. R., I, iii, 147. USG special orders for Col. Gustav Waagner, chief of art. for the District of Southeast Mo., dated earlier on Sept. 3, 1861, have not been found, but after their receipt Waagner wrote to USG. "Your Genl order No 2 dated Cape Girardeau Mo Sept 1st and your special order dated Cairo Ills Sept 3d 1861 I received at 4. o'clock this evening. I shall leave at 3. o'clock tomorrow morning with my command for Charleston leaving the two Gun Boats to watch Columbus and Belmont in fulfillment of my order from the Commander in Chief dated St Louis August 25th 1861 I wish you would be kind enough to inform Col Wallace of this my movement and request him to send an escort of one Company of Cavelry from Charleston to meet me on the half way as I am without Cavelry. I have received no information of any strong force of the enemy in this neighborhood nearer than Benton. W[e] arrested several men but without finding any important information—On the night of Sept 2d and during this day the 3d there was an important movement of cavelry and infantry on the Heights in and near Columbus opposite this point but without any hostile demonstration. A Great many families are moving out from Columbus and the farms in the neighborhood. I have no further news of importance to communcate except to enclose the report of Col McArthur. I hope Col Oglesby, has informed you of the telegraphic dispatch in the Hungarian language received from Brigd Genl Asboth, Head Quarters department of the West. If not I send a translation. I have the honour to enclose a copy of my order from Maj Genl Fremont dated Augst 25th 1861. I send tomorrow
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Publication information: Book title: The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant: April-September 1861. Volume: 2. Contributors: John Y. Simon - Editor. Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press. Place of publication: Carbondale, IL. Publication year: 1969. Page number: 178.
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