Cape Girardeau, Mo.|
Since my report of yesterday 1 reliable information has come in to the effect that the enemy are deserting, or have deserted, all their positions North of the line from Bird's Point to Sikeston, and probably from there. This movement seems to have commenced on the 27th ult.
Not hearing from Gen. Prentiss, and learning the above facts, I have written to Gen. McClernand at Cairo advising that Col. Wallace proceed to Charleston 2 and recconnoitre from there as directed to do after a junction had been formed between this command and the one from Ironton.
Should no instructions be received here different from any I now have, upon hearing of Gen. Prentiss arrival at Jackson I will order the column to move South, under his command, and proceed myself to Bird's Point and take command there.
|U. S. GRANT|
|Brig. Gen. Com.|
|To Capt. J. C. Kelton|
|Asst. Adj. Gen. U. S. A.|
|St. Louis Mo.|
ALS, DNA, RG 393, Western Dept., Letters Received. O. R., I, iii, 144. On Sept. 1, 1861, USG telegraphed the substance of this report to Capt. John C. Kelton. "No news of Genl Prentiss. As soon as heard from will order the colum south under his command and go to Birds Point myself and take command there & will wait four hours for answer." Copies, DLC-USG, V, 5, 7, 8, 78; DNA, RG 393, USG Hd. Qrs. Correspondence. On the same day, Maj. Gen. John C. Fré