had failed to repress, I have to assure you of my concurrence in your views of discipline and duty, and that it is my determination, while in command, to enforce, if necessary, with a strong hand, the observance of both, as essential to the individual welfare of the officers and men, and indispensable to honorable, and successful service. To this end, I am now preparing and shall publish today, general orders, sufficient to the demand of the occasion, and shall endeavor to enforce them. And I will also add, I have observed no elements of insubordination in the army, or of public disorder, to discourage the hope that your utmost wishes may, in a few days, be attained." LS, DNA, RG 393, District of Southeast Mo., Letters Received; ADfS and ADf (incomplete), McClernand Papers, IHi.
On the same day, McClernand drafted a similar explanation for Maj. Gen. John C. Frémont. ADf, ibid.
|Head Quarters Dist S. E. Mo|
|Cairo Sept 8th 1861|
I have reliable information that a guard of 500 Cavalry unsupported by Infantry or Artillery are now seven miles from you on the Cairo and Columbus Road.
By leaving at 11 o.clock or later I think you will be able to take them.
Be exceedingly cautious not to be led to far and surprise them if you can.
I am at the same time fitting out an expedition to try and surprise JeffThompson who is on the Missouri side of the River about the same distance off.
Keep these matters to yourself for tonight
|U. S. GRANT|
|Brig Genl Comdg|
|To Col Hecker|
|Comdg 24th Regt Ill Vol|
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 1, 2, 3, 77; DNA, RG 393, USG Letters Sent. O. R., I, iii, 479.