Headquarters U. S. Forces.|
Cape Girardeau Mo. Sept 2 1861|
|BRIG GEN B. M. PRENTISS.|
My instructions saying that the rebels are fortifying Benton. It may be that they have moved to that point some heavy ordnance which could not be taken away in the hurry of their departure. It would be well therefore to make inquiries in passing through whether such is the case. Should any be found at the point put it under the charge of some secessionist of property, who will be held responsible for its safety until removed by authority.
Should anything come to my knowledge of the enemies movements likely to affect your movement I will communicate with you as early as practicable, either by way of this place or by some point on the river below. Should you learn any thing of importance keep me informed if practicable.
I would recommend the reading of General Fremonts order (Special order No 106) to the troops before leaving Jackson.
U. S. GRANT.
Copies, DNA, RG 393, USG Letters Sent; ibid., Western Dept., Letters Received; DLC-USG, V, 1, 2, 3. O. R., I, iii, 145.
Cape Girardeau Mo|
Sept 2d 1861|
Genl Prentiss having placed himself under arrest by his own order the command of the column at Jackson neccissaryly