Companies. One man to each Company may remain with the Baggage. It is expected the Cavalry will reach Cairo tomorrow evening" Copies, DLC-USG, V, 15, 16, 77, 82; DNA, RG 393, USG Special Orders. On the same day, Cook replied to USG. "Orders bearing date September 7th 1861 have been received and in compliance therewith orders have been issued upon Col. Hecker 24th Ills. Lt Col Wood Comdg 17th Ills Buels Battery and Cavalry unde[r] Com.d Capt Delano and Major Nemett to proceed without delay under instructions to report to the Genl. Comdg Cape Girardeau. The remaining Regiments under my command are also in pursuance to your orders held in readiness to march tomorrow morning 8th inst at 7 o.clock. Col Marsh has been put in possession of copy of order, and awaits the arrival of the half compy of Cavalry Capt. Stewart. The troops are greatly delighted at the prospect of moving, and especially under your command. We are badly off for transportation especially for the sick however all shall be done within the bounds of possibilities—hoping soon to join your command" ALS, ibid., District of Southeast Mo., Letters Received.
On Sept. 8, USG issued special orders relating to the troop transfer. "The steamer Illinois will proceed imediately to Cape Girardeau and bring the Bagage of the 17th & 24th Regt Ills Volls including their teams, and such troops as she is able to bring in addition" Copies, DLC-USG, V, 15, 16, 77, 82; DNA, RG 393, USG Special Orders. On the same day, 1st Lt. Clark B. Lagow wrote to Cook. "I am directed by the Genl Commdg to say to you that the troops at Cape Girardeau that are moving from there will bring all their transportation with them" Copies, DLC-USG, V, 2, 77; DNA, RG 393, USG Letters Sent.
|Cairo Ills Sept 7th 61|
|TO MAJ GENL FREMONT|
|ST LOUIS Mo.|
I have just returnd from Cape Girardeau where I have been making arrangement to have the troops move expeditiously to this point to be disposed of—The 7th Ills & 11th Mo are left at Cape Girardeau, Ills 20th at 20th at Jackson for the present with one company of Cavelry.
U. S. GRANT
Brigd Genl Comdg
Telegram, copies, DLC-USG, V, 4, 5, 7, 8, 78, VIA, 1; DNA, RG 393, USG Hd. Qrs. Correspondence; ibid., Western Dept., Telegrams. See letters to Col. John Cook, Sept. 7, 1861.