out making, with a loyal person well acquainted with the vicinity, a reconnoissance and plan for the commencement of the works. I will enclose before finishing this a sketch of the roads and position of the troops. A bridge to Brooklyn of boats or other material, however desirable, will be exceedingly difficult of accomplishment, if at all, in any reasonable time. Brooklyn is some three miles below this. The river is fromto % of a mile wide. The Quarter Master is now trying to purchase or seize, if need be, the proper working tools—spades, picks &c" LS, ibid., Western Dept., Letters Received.
Headquarters District S. E. Missouri|
Cairo, September 8, 1861|
|GENERAL ORDER NO. 4.|
1st. The following staff officers having been duly appointed will be obeyed and respected as such, to wit:
Capt. John A. Rawlins, 1 Assistant Adjutant Gen'l
Capt. Clark B. Lagow, Aid-de-Camp
Capt. Wm. S. Hillyer, Aid-de-Camp
Surgeon James Simmons, 2 U. S. A., Medical Director.
2nd. All Post Commanders within this District will, immediately upon the receipt of this order, send to these Headquarters a consolidated morning report, and whenever the strength of their command is changed by the addition of new forces or by the ordering away of any under them, they will report it.
3d. These Headquarters being remote from Ironton, Cape Girardeau and Jackson, Mo., the commanders of those posts will make their regular weekly reports direct to General Fremont