Head Quarters Dist S. E. Mo|
Cairo Sept 9th 1861|
You will please send an express to Jackson immediately upon the receipt of this and direct Col Marsh to move into Cape Girardeau with all his command at once.
He will then proceed by first conveyance to this place bringing all his baggage with him.
Col Stewart with his Cavalry company will cross the River at Cape Girardeau and march to this place as soon as joined by the detachment at Jackson sending his baggage by River.
Push the works of fortifying as rapidly as possible to completion. With them completed your Garrison will be sufficient to hold the place against any force that can be suddenly brought against it.
|By order of|
|U. S. GRANT|
|Brig Genl Comdg|
|To Col J. Cook|
|7th Ill Vols|
|Comdg Cape Girardeau Mo|
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 1, 2, 3, 77; DNA, RG 393, USG Letters Sent. O. R., I, iii, 481. Col. John Cook, commanding at Cape Girardeau, was apparently away on Sept. 9, 1861, for Col. David Bayles, 11th Mo., "Comdg Post," wrote to USG that day. "Enclosed is a synopsis of business transacted under your instructions. Col. Hecker arrived about five oclock P. M. Sept 7th and imediately departed on the Steamer Desmoins. Squadron of horse under Major Nemeth arrived at 5 ½ oclock and imediately proceeded across the river. All got over by 8 oclock P. M. and took up their line of march for Cairo. Capt Buells artillery arrived at 6 oclock P. M. Went on board the Steamer Ills all aboard by 7 ½ oclock same day. At 8 oclock the 17th Ills arrived and embarked on the Steamer Illinois. A part of their baggage was put on board the Ferry Boat Luella, & three companies of Col. Smiths Regt. detached Did'nt all get aboard until three oclock next morning, departed, soon after. The 7th Ills 19th Ills 2nd Iowa and 7th Iowa, arrived at 11 oclock A. M. 8th inst. The 2nd Iowa went on board the Steamer Wisconsin and departed about 11 oclock same night. The 19th Illinois went aboard the Steamer