Head Quarters Dist S. E. Mo|
Cairo Sept 8th 1861|
I am informed that Col Hecker has got to the rear of some Rebel forces while Col Ross Regiment is in their front.
You will proceed at once with six companies of your command to their releif
Capt Schwartz 1 of the artillery who is at Fort Holt will give you the necessary directions.
|U. S. GRANT|
|Brig Genl Comdg|
|To Col Turchin Comd|
|19th Regt Ill Vol Inftry|
|Fort Holt Ky|
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 1, 2, 3, 77; DNA, RG 393, USG Letters Sent. O. R., I, iii, 480. John B. Turchin, born Ivan Vasilevitch Turchinoff in Russia, was a graduate of the Imperial Military School at St. Petersburg and a veteran of the Crimean War. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he was living in Chicago and employed as an engineer for the Illinois Central Railroad. On June 17, 1861, he was appointed col., 19th Ill. See telegram of July 12, 1861.
Sept. 8th 1861|