Head Quarters Dist S. E. Mo|
Cairo Sept 23d 1861|
Move two regiments and all your Cavalry but one company to Norfolk, as soon as possible. The balance must be held in readiness for a move
Put your Baggage aboard of a Steamboat to be taken to Birds Point where it will have to be discharged.
|U. S. GRANT|
|Brig Genl Com|
|To Col Lawman|
|Comdg Fort Jefferson Ky|
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 1, 2, 3, 77; DNA, RG 393, USG Letters Sent. O. R., I, iii, 503. This order was probably enclosed in a letter of the same date from Capt. John A. Rawlins to George W. Graham. "You will send two good sized Steam Boats to Fort Jefferson and the accompanying order to commander of Post at that Place" Copies, DLC-USG, V, 1, 2, 3, 77; DNA, RG 393, USG Letters Sent. Earlier on Sept. 23, 1861, Rawlins wrote to Col. Jacob G. Lauman. "Information having reached these Head Quarters that the enemy are crossing the River, you are directed to ascertain the fact, and should it be so hold yourself in readiness to be thrown across the River to Norfolk with your entire command abandoning Fort Jefferson entirely if it should be necessary" Copies, ibid. On the same day, 1st Lt. Clark B. Lagow wrote to Brig. Gen. John A. McClernand. "You will order one Company of Cavelry and their Baggage to report themselves to Col Lawmann Comdg 7th Regt Iowa Volls—at once—at Fort Jefferson Ky" LS, McClernand Papers, IHi. Misdated Sept. 22 in DLC-USG, V, 1, 2, 3, 77; DNA, RG 393, USG Letters Sent.