|Cairo, Sept. 5, 1861|
|MAJ. GEN. JNO. C. FREMONT|
|ST LOUIS, Mo.|
On information telegraphed you, brought by Charles de Arnaud I am getting ready to go to Paducah. Will start at 6½ o'clock
U. S. GRANT
Telegram, copies, DLC-USG, V, 4, 5, 7, 8; DNA, RG 393, USG Hd. Qrs. Correspondence. Charles de Arnaud, a former officer of the Russian army, was employed as a spy by Maj. Gen. John C. Frémont. Bruce Catton, Grant Moves South (Boston and Toronto, 1960), p. 494; John C. Frémont, "In Command in Missouri," Battles and Leaders of the Civil War, eds., Robert Underwood Johnson and Clarence Clough Buel (New York, 1887), I, 285; Charles A. de Arnaud, The Union, and its Ally, Russia ( Washington, 1890), pp. 9-11, 30-31; HRC, 49‐ 2-4171. On Sept. 5, 1861, de Arnaud telegraphed to Frémont. "Just arrived from Memphis and Union City, Tenn. The enemy is marching in large force to take Paducah, on the Ohio River, to invade Southern Illinois. Our occupation of Paducah will frustrate the enemy's plans and secure for us the Tennessee River. Have communicated this to General Grant. He will move at once. No time to lose." Ibid., Part 1, p. 3. See letter to Charles de Arnaud, Nov. 30, 1861.
Brigade Head Quarters|
Cairo Ills Sept 5 1861|
Please order, by my direction, Smiths Regt. to come to Cairo by first Boat. Send order by Land tomorrow morning.
|U. S. GRANT|
|To Gen. McClernand|
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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: 193.
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