|Cairo, Sept 9, 1861.|
Gun boat "Conestoga" has arrived with three prisoners, one from Tennessee river one from Cumberland river, & one from Paducah; trial must be had before condemnation, have put a guard over officers & crew until proper steps are pointed out— secure as witness.
U. S. GRANT
Telegram, copies, DLC-USG, VIA, 1; DNA, RG 393, Western Dept., Telegrams. See following letter. In two letters to USG, both dated Sept. 9, 1861, Lt. S. Ledyard Phelps, commanding the gunboat Conestoga, reported the seizure of the steamer Jefferson on the Tennessee River and the steamer Tradewater Belle on the Cumberland River. LS, DNA, RG 393, District of Southeast Mo., Letters Received.
Head Quarters Dist S. E. Mo|
Sept 9th 1861|
|MAJ GENL J. C. FREMONT|
|COMDG DEPT OF THE WEST|
|ST Louis Mo|
Enclosed I send you evidence of the character of steamers captured and brought into this Port this morning. 1
The steamers with Cargoes have been turned over to the collector of Customs for this place who will keep them in his charge until a decision is made in their case.