Hereafter the strictest discipline is expected to be maintained in this camp and the General Commanding will hold responsible for this all officers, and the degree of responsibility will be in direct ratio te with the rank of the officer.
U. S. GRANT
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 12, 13, 14; DNA, RG 393, USG General Orders; ibid., RG 94, 21st Ill., Order Book. On Aug. 9, 1861, Col. Friedrich Hecker sent USG the required reports and also eight pages of "personal observations" on the condition of his regt. ALS, ibid., RG 393, District of Southeast Mo., Letters Received.
Head Quarters, Ironton Mo.|
August 9th 1861|
|CAPT. J. C. KELTON|
|ASST. ADJ. GENL U. S. A.|
|ST. LOUIS Mo.|
Enclosed herewith please find consolidated report of the command at this place as near as it can at present be given. 1
I arrived here yesterday and assumed command in pursuance of directions from Maj. Gen. J. C. Frémont. Since that time I have studied the nature of the ground it may become necessary for me to defend, the character of the troops and other means to do it with &c.
From all that I have yet learned from spies, and loyally disposed citizens, I am led to believe that there is no force within thirty miles of us that entertain the least idea of attacking this position, unless it should be left so weak as to invite an attack. 2 It is fortunate too if this is the case for many of the officers seem to have so little commandover their men, and military duty