Head Quarters of the Military District of South East Mo. will be at this place untill otherwise directed.
|U. S. GRANT|
|Brigd Genl U. S. A|
|To Brigd Genl J. A. McClernand|
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 12, 13, 14, 80; DNA, RG 393, USG General Orders; McClernand Papers, IHi. O. R., I, iii, 470. In response to a letter of USG which has not been found, Brig. Gen. John A. McClernand wrote to USG on Sept. 4, 1861. "Your note of inquiry of this date is received. The communication from Maj Genl Fremont to which your inquiry related, was an order to assume command of the Post at Cairo &c now in command of Col R J Oglesby. In compliance with that order, and of your suggestion—I will (consulting Col Oglesby's Convenience) assume the duties of Post commander, and be happy to co-operate with you in all things for the good of the service." LS, DNA, RG 94, Generals' Papers and Books, John A. McClernand; copy, McClernand Papers, IHi. On the same day, Maj. Gen. John C. Frémont wrote to USG. "General McClernand is not to be detailed from Cairo on any distant service, but is to remain there or vicinity, and attend to the rendezvousing of his brigade." Copies, DLC-USG, V, 4, 5, 7, 8 ; DNA, RG 393, USG Hd. Qrs. Correspondence.
USG stated that his uniform had not yet arrived when he established hd. qrs. at Cairo on Sept. 4, and Col. Richard J. Oglesby seemed somewhat hesitant about surrendering his office. Memoirs, I, 264. Oglesby confirmed USG's account in a letter of Sept. 28, 1886, to Thomas Donaldson. Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society, XXXVIII, 2 (June, 1945), 242-44. It seems possible, however, that, since USG had been in Cairo since Sept. 2, the incident remembered by both had occurred earlier.
September 4th 1861|
The prompt execution of your plan by the troops under my command having been defeated by Genl Prentiss' withdrawel from the command at Jacksondelaying the movement of that