Head Quarters Dist S. E. Mo|
Cairo Sept 17th 1861|
I regret exceedingly that I am not able to spare you any troops in the present emergency.
A most extriordinary movement took place here yesterday which will compel me to contract my present limits particularly on the Ky shore 1
I have received orders and have sent off two of the best regiments under my command, where can only be surmised. My orders read to the O & M. 2 R R where transports would await them
I send you a Battery of Artillery which may be of material service The substance of your communication was dispatched last night 3
|Your obt Servant|
|U. S. GRANT|
|Brig Genl Com|
|To Brig Genl C. F. Smith|
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 1, 2, 3, 77; DNA, RG 393, USG Letters Sent. O.R., I, iii, 497.
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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: 275.
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