The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant: April-September 1861 - Vol. 2

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St. Louis for the field on Sept 24, Capt. Chauncey McKeever was informed by Col. Joseph H. Eaton, Frémont's military secretary, that he was to act in concert with Fiala in forwarding information to Frémont and in sending any necessary reinforcements to USG and Brig. Gen. Charles F. Smith. Copy, DNA, RG 393, Western Dept., Letters Sent by Gen. Frémont. On Sept. 28, Fiala telegraphed to USG. "Can you send a company of pioneers to Paducah, to guard bridge ? Reply immediately." Copies, ibid., Telegrams; DLC-USG, VIA, 1; dated Sept. 29, ibid., V, 4, 5, 7, 8; DNA, RG 393, USG Hd. Qrs. Correspondence.

To Capt. Chauncey McKeever
Head Quarters, Dist. S. E. Mo.
Cairo, Sept. 29th 1861
SIR;

Evry thing here is quiet and no rumors to disturb it. I have heard this evening that Hardee has arrived at New Madrid, from Bloomfield, probably to reinforce Johnson at Columbus. I scarsely credit the rumor but it may be true.

There are quite a number of troops at this place, doing service, that have never been sworn in. I would respectfully ask that a mustering officer be sent, or some one already here be duly authorized to act as such. 1

I have in confinement here a soldier charged with willful and malicious murder, committed upon a fellow soldier. 2 The crime was perpetrated in Missouri where it is impossible to bring the criminal to justice by usual process; by law he cannot be tried in any court out of the state where the offence was committed. I would therefore ask if he cannot be tried by a Military commission.

The cold Season is now so nearly at hand that it is time to think of providing winter Quarters for the garrison that must necessarily occupy this place. Log huts could be cheaply built but even they would call for the outlay of some money. Credit will not do at this place longer. I understand that the credit of

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