the junction between Genl Prentiss and troops from this place is to be effected at or near Jackson. 4
You will therfore make no further forward movement untill joined by Genl Prentiss, unless it may be for a few miles for the better purpose of getting supplies—
|To Col. C. C. Marsh||U. S. GRANT|
|Comdg 20th Regt Ills Vols||Brig. Genl Comdg|
Copy, DNA, RG 393, Western Dept., Letters Received.
Head Quarters, Cape Girardeau, Mo.|
August 30th 1861|
I arrived here at 4 ½ O'Clock this afternoon and assumed command of the Post. Found that Col. Marsh with thirteen companies of Infantry, two pieces of Artillery & about fifty Cavalry, armed with rifles taken from the 9th Regt. Mo. Vols. left here at 10 O'Clock P. M. yesterday. A report is just in from him stating that he was in Jackson. No enemy was found. —This command took with them but two days rations but I have ordered, to leave by daylight to-morrow morning, three days more rations excepting meat. These I have instructed must be supplied by the country, giving special instructions however that it is to be done in a legal way. 1