|Cairo, Sept 7, 1861.|
|MAJ. GEN. J. C. FREMONT,|
U. S. GRANT
Brig. Gen. Comdg.
Telegram, copies, DNA, RG 393, Western Dept., Telegrams; DLC-USG, VIA, 1. USG sent his telegram in response to a Sept. 7, 1861, telegram from Maj. Gen. John C. Frémont. "Six eight inch Columbiads and ten thirty two pounder guns with barbette carriages left Pittsburg for Cairo in two special trains. The first last night the second at noon today. One regiment from this place should arrive at eight to morrow. A boat sent to take regiment from opposite Commerce to Cairo. Other reinforcements will follow to morrow. Gen Smith must throw up earth works and plant guns at Paducah, but make no advance. He should occupy Smithland with four companies if they can be spared. At least one gun boat should be kept at Paducah. The works at fort Holt should be immediately commenced with all the laborers at Cairo & Birds Point. The place should be strongly guarded an advance guard pushed across Cane Creek and the heights Commanding Fort Jefferson and Blandville should be occupied. Crossings of Norfolk and Belmont, watched." Copies, ibid., V, 4, 5, 7, 8, VIA, 1; DNA, RG 393, Western Dept., Telegrams; ibid., USG Hd. Qrs. Correspondence. O. R., I, iii, 476. Frémont's telegram arrived at Cairo before USG returned from Cape Girardeau, and Capt. William S. Hillyer sent appropriate instructions to Brig. Gen. John A. McClernand at Cairo, Brig. Gen. Charles F. Smith at Paducah, Brig. Gen. Eleazer A. Paine at Paducah, Commander John Rodgers at Paducah, and Lt. Henry C. Freeman at Fort Holt. Copies, DLC-USG, V, 1, 2, 3, 77; DNA, RG 393, USG Letters Sent. O. R., I, iv, 256-57.
On Sept. 7, Paine reported to USG. "If one fourth the reports are true that I hear I shall need three Regiments more of troop more field pieces and at least two companies of cavalry. I beg of you to send two Regiments at least; I do not wish to be compelled to give way an inch. I will follow your instructions to the letter. Major Phillips went out seven miles and destroyed a Rail Road Bridge. Gen. Pillow has come from Missouri and will be here in two days with 4000 or 5,000 troops. Gen Tilghman has 2000 armed with Enfield Rifles twenty miles from here. Col Rhoades with his command arrived safe. We shall have a struggle here within a few days and I am not going to be beaten. Send all of my camp equipage, tents &c our men are on the ground to night. Send all of Col. Rhodes equipage. I will send by next Boat copies of invoices of property siezed. I wish the Post Master of Cairo to send all of the Paducah Mail including my own and the Rigiments here. If Gen Grant is not at Cairo, I wish Gen McClernand would see