I have now one regiment of troops twelve miles from here on the Greenville road and eight Comp.y at, or near, Fredericktown. This latter is a key point to the railroad to North from here and should be held.
To-night five companies move from here towards the position occupied on the Greenville road.
Your Obt. Svt.
U. S. GRANT
Brig. Gen. Com
ALS, DNA, RG 393, Western Dept., Letters Received. O. R., I, iii, 445.
Headquarters Ironton Mo.|
August 16th 1861.|
|COL P. E. BLAND|
|6TH MISSOURI VOLS|
As soon as the wagon train is all up you may move with your command to the first convenient place for halting over night. In the morning move cautiously on to about ten or twelve miles from here and await orders from me.
Permit no pressing of horses, or other property by your command. The policy meets with my decided disapproval and must be suppressed.
U. S. GRANT
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 1, 2, 3. O. R., I, iii, 445. USG had issued special orders for Col. Peter E. Bland earlier in the day. "Colonel P. E. Bland, 6th Missouri Volunteers, will hold five companies of his regiment ready for marching orders, taking with them six wagons and four days rations. The remaining wagons of his command will move to Pilot Knob and await orders." Copies, DLC-USG, V, 15, 16, 82; DNA, RG 393, USG Special Orders. On Aug. 16, 1861, Bland replied that he was about to start on the expedition with 214 men. Ibid., USG Register of Letters Received; DLC-USG, V, 10.