Cape Girardeau Mo Septr 1st 1861|
|GENERAL ORDERS No 2.|
In pursuance of directions from the Department of the west the undersigned hereby assumes command of all the forces in South-East Mo: extending north as far as the line drawn from Pilot Knob to this place, both inclusive. 1
The commands of the several posts embraced in this district will remain as now constituted until otherwise directed.
The forces now at, or near, Jackson Mo will proceed with as little delay as practicable towards Sikeston Mo: 2 there to receive orders:
The Head Quarters of this command will at once be removed to Birds Point 3 where all reports will be forwarded. If however any information should be received, by commanders of Posts, deemed of importance to the commander of the west, they will forward such information directly there, if it can be done more expeditiously than through the proper channel.
A copy of all such information will also be sent to these Head Quarters.
|U. S. GRANT|
|Brig. Gen. U. S. A.|
|To Wm H. L. Wallace|
DS, ICHi. Addressed to Col. William H. L. Wallace, 11th Ill. Wallace, a lawyer and Republican politician of Ottawa, Ill., had served as 2nd It. and regt. adjt. in the Mexican War. He had commanded the 11th Ill. since May 1, 1861. Isabel Wallace, Life & Letters of General W. H. L. Wallace (Chicago, 1909).