A. Paine of Ohio, USMA 1839, resigned as 2nd It., 1st Inf., on Oct. 11, 1840, then resumed army service as col., 9th Ill., on July 26, 1861. His promotion to brig. gen., dated from Sept. 3, 1861, was so recent that he commanded only a regt. on Sept. 6.
Headquarters Dist. S. E. Mo.|
Cairo, Ills., Sept. 6, 1861.|
|MAJ. GEN. J. C. FREMONT|
|ST. LOUIS, Mo.|
I left Cairo at half past ten o'clock last night taking two gunboats and three steamboats, 1 with the 9th Illinois under General E. Paine; the 12th Illinois, under Col. J. McArthur, and Smith's battery—four pieces light artillery under Lieutenant Willard. 2
I met with some detention at Mound City, owing to an accident to one of the steamers, creating a necessity for a transfer of troops. During the detention I was joined by Captain Foote, 3 U. S. Navy, who accompanied the expedition.
Arrived at Paducah at half past eight this morning. Found numerous secession flags flying over the city, and the citizens in anticipation of the approach of the rebel army, who was reliably reported thirty eight hundred strong sixteen miles distant. 4 As we neared the city Brigadier General Tilghman 5 and staff, of the rebel army, and a recruiting Major with a company raised in Paducah, left the city by the railroad, taking with them all the rolling stock. I landed the troops and took possession of the city without firing a gun. Before I landed the secession flags had disappeared, and I ordered our flags to replace them. I found at the railroad depot a large number of complete rations and about two tons of leather marked for the confederate army. Took possession of these and ordered the rations to be distributed to the troops. I