Head Quarters, Ironton Mo.|
August 10th 1861|
|CAPT. J. C. KELTON|
|ASST. ADJ. GEN. U. S. A.|
|ST. LOUIS, Mo.|
Since my report of yesterday no change has taken place in the strength or position of this command. No information has been received to lead to the supposition that this place is in danger of an immediate attack. The enemy however recconnoiters to within a few miles of our Picket Guards and I would therefore urgently recommend that Cavelry & Field Artillery be sent here as early as they can be spared.
From information received to-day, which I am disposed to think reliable, Gen. Hardee is at Greenville 1 with 2000 men & six or eight field pieces with 1000 more troops 2 thrown forward to Stoney Battery, near Brunot. 3 Of this force one third is represented to be Cavelry, well mounted and equiped.
This being a healthy location I would reccommend that one or two of the newly organized regiments, say Smith's now at Jeff. Bks. and some other one, be sent here for drill & discipline. This would enable me to use the troops now here for scouting parties without calling upon the new volunteers for much service that would take them from their drill.
If equipments complete for one hundred mounted men could be spared, particularly the Carbines & Revolvers, they could be efficiently used here. 4 The twenty-four mounted Home Guards now here are destitute of suitable arms and are almost useless in consequence.
Your Obt. Svt.
U. S. GRANT
Brig. Gen. Comd.g