that the rebels have evacuated Columbus and crossed over to Belmont to attack Cape Girardeau or Ironton. Should that be the case the troops now stationed at Fort Jefferson, Elliot's Mills and at Norfolk should be immediately ordered to Birds Point. One battalion of infantry and a small detachment of cavalry should be left at Fort Holt for the protection of the siege battery, and the two gunboats stationed near Island No. 1, to protect Fort Holt and control Norfolk. As soon as the concentration of troops at Birds Point is completed a demonstration against Charleston should be made. Paducah is, under all circumstances, to be held and Smithland well protected for the control of the junction of the Ohio and Cumberland rivers." Copies, DLC-USG, V, 7, 8; DNA, RG 393, USG Hd. Qrs. Correspondence; ibid., District of Southeast Mo., Letters Received. O.R., I, iii, 507-8. On Sept. 29, Frémont wrote a similar letter to Brig. Gen. Charles F. Smith, and Smith sent a copy to USG. Copies, DLC-USG, V, 7, 8; DNA, RG 393, USG Hd. Qrs. Correspondence. O. R., I, iii, 508-9. For Smith's reply, see ibid., p. 510. On Sept. 29, C. S. A. Brig. Gen. M. Jeff Thompson was ordered to advance to Farmington, Mo. On Sept. 30, Thompson wrote that he would attack either Ironton or Cape Girardeau. Ibid., pp. 709, 712.
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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: 323.
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