ALS, McClernand Papers, IHi. On Sept. 10, 1861, Capt. Reuben B. Hatch, asst. q. m., wrote to USG. "I have the honor to report that I have in my possession at this time ready for service in the field the following means of land transportation vizCol Wallace has transportation consisting of 20— 4 horse teams complete which have been turned over to him by this Dept. Of the condition of the other Regiments I cannot write as they have not been supplied in this Dept. All the above teams cannot be sent into the field as they comprise all I have and none would be left for local service." ALS, DNA, RG 393, District of Southeast Mo., Letters Received.
September 10th 1861|
The heavy ordnance I proposed sending you has not yet arrived. As soon as it reaches here it will be forwarded.
I am sending you today 50000 Rations. 1
The Artillery you ask for cannot be spared from here I have however applied to Genl Fremont for two additional peices to be added to Lieut Willards Battery.
I regret to say also that it will be impossible to send you Cavalry from this Post for the present.
There are but three companies, only one of them fully armed, at all three posts, and Gen Fremont has directed me to send not less than two Companies to Fort Holt.
Please inform me if you have received information from up the Ohio.
The information I get here have rather indicated that the Rebels have withdrawn their forces from towards Paducah and are organizing at Columbus Ky where they now have not less than sixteen Regiments of Infantry, Thirteen seige Guns, four
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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: 227.
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