5000 well armed men, under Gen. Hardee, are advancing upon this place.
I express you the facts and leave it to the Gen. Commanding whether in his judgement more troops should not be sent.
I have to report at the same time that the 32 pound iron pieces sent here are not yet mounted and I fear cannot be tomorrow.
Could a Battery of Field Artillery and one Regiment of Infantry be sent here to-morrow I would feel that this point would be secure beyond any present contingency.
My impression, from the facts before me is, that if attacked atal it will be on Thursday, possibly Wednsday. 3
Your Obt. Svt.
U. S. GRANT
Brig. Gen. Com.
ALS, DNA, RG 393, Western Dept., Letters Received. O. R., I, iii, 440-41. On Aug. 14, 1861, Maj. Gen. John C. Frémont telegraphed to President Abraham Lincoln. "General Grant, commanding at Ironton, attacked yesterday at 6 by a force reported at 13,000. Railroad seized by the enemy at Big River Bridge, on this side of Ironton." Ibid., p. 441. It is possible that USG's report of "3000 troops" was misread as 13,000; in other respects Frémont's telegram is inexplicable.
Head Quarters, Ironton Mo.|
August 13th 1861|
Since writing the accompanying report the Comd.g Gen.s directions for moving three bodies of troops from this place has