Headquarters U. S. Forces|
Jefferson City. Mo., Aug 25, 1861|
|CAPT. SPEED BUTLER|
|ST. LOUIS, Mo.|
The instructions of General Fremont, relative to the seizure of the banks at Lexington and Liberty, 1 have been communicated to Colonel Marshall, who was under marching orders at the time the instructions were received.
It is not possible to spare men from here for the expedition to Paris, without leaving this place too much exposed. 2
With regard to the home-guards, I should like to have some instructions. I have not been able to learn head nor tail about them, notwithstanding all my efforts. I know there are many of them—some mounted, others with teams, and some without arms, teams or saddle-horses. 3 I would recommend that some officer be sent here with special instructions as to how they are to be organized and received, and who will have no other duty to attend to until this is performed.
The party sent out by me to the neighborhood of where the cars were fired into on Tuesday, has returned. The report has not yet been received but may be in time to accompany this. A few persons have been arrested who are suspected of having been engaged in the firing. 4
I have no reliable information as to the movements of M Cullough's forces, 5 but there is a current rumor here that he is moving towards this point. From a spy who came in yesterday I learn that companies are being organized in all the counties west of here. Some of these bands are acquiring considerable proportions. Many troops have crossed the Missouri river from the north within the last two weeks and are joining the forces on this side. If I had sufficient force here all that could be stopped.
U. S. GRANT
Brig. Gen. Com