The outcome ofUSG's trip to St. Louis was embodied in two letters addressed to USG on Aug. 19 by Frémont's staff. "The General Commanding directs you to proceed without delay to Jefferson City to assume command of that station and such troops as will be placed at your disposal by the Comd'g General of the district, ( Genl Pope,) to whom you will report before leaving." Copy, DNA, RG 393, Western Dept., Letters Sent. Misdated in O. R., I, liii, 499. "The General desires me to say that urgent service requires that your leave be postponed for the present. He will be glad to give you leave to visit Galena, in a short time." Copy, DNA, RG 393, Western Dept., Letters Sent. O. R., I, liii, 501. USG apparently returned to Ironton before proceeding to Jefferson City. See following letter.
On Aug. 10, Brig. Gen. John Pope had written to Capt. John C. Kelton. "I have the honor to request that Colonel (now General) Grant be ordered to report to me to relieve Genl. Hurlbut in the command in North & North East Missouri Genl Grant is a Soldier by education & experience & a discreet prudent man who is eminently needed now for immediate supervision of the disaffected counties north of Hannibal & St Joseph road—I would urge respectfully but earnestly that this change of commanders be made as soon as possible—" LS, DNA, RG 94, Generals' Papers and Books, Stephen A. Hurlbut. This letter helps to explain USG's transfer to a command in the District of North Mo., though USG relieved Col. James A. Mulligan and did not replace Brig. Gen. Stephen A. Hurlbut.
Headquarters Ironton Mo|
August 20 1861|
|COL. JNO M. THAYER|
|1ST NEBRASKA VOLS.|
Lieut Hoelcke reports here this morning that the Lieutenant in command of Company "B" of your regiment, detailed to report to Lieut. Hoelcke of Engineer Department, for fatigue duty, and of course to be under his command, does not keep order in his company and permits utter disregard by his men of the orders of the Lieutenant of Engineers If Lieut Hoelcke or Lieut Avery report them to you again as guilty of the charge, you will forthwith arrest the officer and detail another company.
I would refer the officer in charge of fatigue party to article