graphed again to Frémont. "Gen'l Smith sends same accounts as telegraphed by
me in Hungarian." Copies, ibid., Western Dept., Telegrams; DLC-USG, VIA, 1.
USG then telegraphed in Hungarian to Frémont. "According to a certain message
which I just received there are six thousand 6000 enemy troops in Mayfield. There
will be more and the total number will be 15000. They intend to overrun Paducah.
They signal the enemy with candles. The enemy has 12 guns and seven hundred
well armed cavalry commanded by General Johnson at Columbus. I will send the
battalion with a battery immediately." Copies (Hungarian), ibid. On Sept. 16,
Brig. Gen. Charles F. Smith wrote to USG. "The Steamer (Gun boat) Conestoga
returned last night from a trip up the Cumberland some 50 miles bringing as
prizes two Steamers. The information Capt. Phelps brought from different persons
where he landed goes to confirm the report of your agent Mr. L. in reference to
the force gathering and to be gathered at Mayfield, only increasing the force to be
there to 20.000. —If you send me a field battery, as promised, I trust the artillerists
will accompany it, for I have none outside of the present batteries. I can get
assistance from Capt. Phelps to work the heavy guns. My impression is the
enemy will be upon us before anything arrives and can be made useful. Our food
is running short. Have you any to spare ?" ALS, DNA, RG 393, District of South-
east Mo., Letters Received.
C. S. A. Gen. Albert Sidney Johnston of La., USMA 1826, was assigned to
command Dept. No. 2 on Sept. 10, 1861. O. R., I, iv, 405. After assuming com-
mand at Nashville, Tenn., on Sept. 15, his first move was to occupy Bowling
Green in central Ky. Ibid., pp. 407-15.
See telegram to Maj. Gen. John C. Frémont, Sept. 15, 1861.
To Brig. Gen. John A. McClernand
Head Quarters, Dist. of S. E. Mo.|
Cairo Sept. 16th 1861|
Capt. Buell's Artillery
1 is wanted at Paducah as soon as it can
possibly be got there. Will you send an order for them to move
to the river at once.
U. S. GRANT |
Brig. Gen. |
To Gen. J. C. McClernand |
Comd.g Post |
ALS, McClernand Papers, IHi. On Sept. 16, 1861, Capt. John A. Rawlins wrote
to Capt. Reuben B. Hatch. "You will please have a Steam Boat got in readiness to
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