will take better care of it than I will. —I suppose you have seen from the papers that I have quite an extensive and important command. It is third in importance in the country and Gen. Frémont seems desirous of retaining me in it. There are so many officers of higher rank, with less commands however that I do not see how I am to retain it long.
You have seen my move upon Paducah Ky! It was of much greater importance than is probably generally known. I had just learned through a Spy that Pillow was moving there to get possession of that point and cut us off on the Ohio river. Secession flags were flying through the city in anticipation of the arrival of Southern troops.Our arrival therefore put quite a damper upon their hopes.
We are likely to have lively times here.
The Rebels are in great force on the opposite side of the river at different points and an attack somewhere cannot be postponed many days.
I am very well. Send kisses to yourself and the children.
|Cairo, Sept 9, 1861.|
|MAJ. GENL. J. C. FREMONT|
Col Hecker has got in rear of five hundred cavalry, Kentucky side, Col Ross regiment is in front & six 6 companies ofTurchins will go their assistance. We occupy Norfolk.
U. S. GRANT,
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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: 214.
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