dispossable means can afford. Should the alarm prove false you will return imediately and report.
|U. S. GRANT|
|Brigd Genl Comdg|
|To Lieut Phelps|
|Comdg Gun Boat Constago|
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 1, 2, 3, 78; DNA, RG 393, USG Letters Sent. O. R., I, iii, 148; O. R. (Navy), I, xxii, 310. Lt. S. Ledyard Phelps, in command of the gunboats Tyler, Lexington, and Conestoga, arrived at Cairo on Aug. 12, 1861. Ibid., p. 299. Later he commanded the Conestoga.
|Cairo Sept 5, 1861|
I regret to inform you that Confederate forces in Considerable numbers have invaded the teritory of Kentucky, and are occupying & fortifying strong positions at Hickman & Chalk Bluffs. 1
U. S. GRANT
Brigd Genl U. S. A
To Speaker House of Representatives
Telegram, copies, DLC-USG, V, 1, 2, 3, 78; DNA, RG 393, USG Letters Sent.
O. R., I, iii, 166; ibid., I, lii, part 1, 188. Printed in the Journal of the House of
Representatives of the Commonwealth of Kentucky (Frankfort, 1861), I, 49, for
Sept. 5, 1861, as addressed "To Speaker of House and President of Senate." On
Sept. 6, 1861, Maj. Joseph H. Eaton wrote to USG. "I am directed by Major
General Fremont to inform you that Brigade and other Commanders are not to
correspond with State or other high authorities, in matters pertaining to any
branch of the public service, either in initiating such correspondence or in reply-
ing thereto. All such subjects are to be submitted to the Major General Com-
manding the Department for his information and action, by telegraph if of im-
mediate importance, otherwise by regular course of mail." Copies, DLC-USG, V,
4, 5, 7, 8, 81; DNA, RG 393, Western Dept., Letters Sent ( Press) ; ibid., Letters
Sent by Gen. Frémont; ibid., USG Hd. Qrs. Correspondence. O. R., I, lii, part 1,