Cairo Ills Sept 10th 1861
To MAJ GENL FREMONT ST LOUIS MO
Our Troops from Norfolk have reconnoitred as far as Beckwith Farm 1 to day without finding an enemy.
They were supported by Gun Boats Conestoga & Lexington which have been engaged at long shot all day with two Rebel Boats. I fear they have gone beyond a masked Battery
A scout sent out yesterday reports the enemy as occupying the same position as the day before. They Received two Boat loads of reinforcements yesterday and a train load last night
Our works at Fort Holt are progressing finely
U. S. GRANT
Brig Genl Comdg
Telegram, copies, DLC-USG, V, 4, 5, 7, 8, 78, VIA, 1; DNA, RG 393, USG Hd. Qrs. Correspondence; ibid., Western Dept., Telegrams. On Sept. 10, 1861, Maj. Gen. John C. Frémont telegraphed to USG. "Dispatch received. Push forward actively on the Mo. side. Move the Gunboats cautiously, in concert with the troops on shore, and confine yourself to holding the positions we have taken in Kentucky. Gratified to know that Fort Holt is progressing well. Inform General Smith that the 11th Regiment Indiana Volunteers with three companies of regular cavalry and one company of volunteer cavalry left for Paducah this morning at four o'clock." Copies, DLC-USG, V, 4, 5, 7, 8, VIA, 1; DNA, RG 393, USG Hd. Qrs. Correspondence; ibid., Western Dept., Telegrams. O. R., I, iii, 484.
Head Quarters Dist. S. E. Mo|
Cairo Sept 10th 1861|
This morning Col Waagner started from Norfolk with all the force that could be spared from that point to reconnoitre towards Belmont supported by the Gun Boats Conestoga &