Head Quarters Ironton Mo
August 15th 1861
I have to-day to note the arrival of two regiments of Infantry, Col. Lawlann 1 7th Iowa Regt, and Col Thayer, 2 1st Nebraska Regt. I have also ordered the 21st Regt Ill. Vols under Col Alexander, forward upon the Greenville road, and Col Fr Hecker (24th Ill. Vol) upon the Fredericktown road, —taking five days rations—with instructions to form a conjunction at Brunot. 3
I expect to follow to-morrow, 4 with Artillery should any arrive;—a few companies of infantry, more provisions if means of transportion can be procured, otherwise I shall send teams back from Brunot or Greenville for additional rations.
I purchased to-day sxteen wagons and sixty eight mules, subject to the approval of Maj. Gen. Fremont.
These teams are well adapted for our use; more suitable and more efficient than those which we have heretofore employed or found in the service of this command. I shall to-morrow purchase five more wagons and twenty mules, on the same terms. 5 The teams which I have conditionally purchasedhave been for some time, in the service of the government without charge, if now purchased, otherwise to receive compensation.
Requisitions were made upon Qr. Master McKinstry, some days since, for camp equipage, &c &c but as yet I have received