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

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Also on Sept. 5, USG issued special orders to all post commanders through Capt. William S. Hillyer. "The people of South-West Kentucky, having permitted large bodies of armed men in rebellion to the government, to assemble upon her soil, to erect Batteries and fire upon the Federal Flag, are guilty of an offence which must be resisted and punished. All commanders therefore, on the Kentucky borders, within this military District, are directed to embarass their communications with Rebels in every way possible. To this end all ferry's, yawls, flats and other boats within the reach of these troops, will be seized and taken in charge. Such orders as may be necessary for carrying into execution this order, will be promulgated at once by Post Commanders" Copies, DNA, RG 393, USG Special Orders; DLC-USG, V, 15, 16, 82. O. R., I, iii, 150.

Hickman, Ky., on the Mississippi River about twenty-eight miles south of Cairo. C. S. A. Maj. Gen. Leonidas Polk explained that his forces landed at Hickman to avoid U. S. art. placed at Belmont, Mo., opposite Columbus, Ky. Ibid., I, iv, 180. Chalk Bluffs refers to the area of Columbus.
Richard A. Buckner.
To Maj. Gen. John C. Frémont
Head Quarters
Cairo, Ills, Sept 5, 1861

Enclosed I send you plans and estimates of the works proposed opposite this place and Birds Point. A party have been on the Kentucky shore most of the day making the preliminary arrangements for prosecuting the work with larger details hereafter. The labor of clearing will have to be done by the troops exclusively and probably a great portion of the digging.

All information to day has been telegraphed fully. 1 I am now nearly ready for Paducah (should not a telegraph arrive preventing the movement) on the strength of the information telegraphed.

On the subject of fortifications I scarcely feel myself sufficiently conversant to make recommendation but it appears to me that the fortifications here needs much more labor expended in that way and heavier armament before labor is expended on the opposite shore


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