Batteries of Field artillery and two Battallions of eight companies each of cavalry. In addition to this they have a column of two to three thousand on the Mo side opposite.
I get my information from an official of Maj Genl Polk, Brigading this command.
On the return of the Steamer Graham I will send her to Saint Louis and put some other Boat in her place
|To Gen C. F. Smith||Your Obt Servt|
|Comdg U. S. Forces||U. S. GRANT|
|Paducah Ky||Brig Genl Comdg|
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 1, 2, 3, 78; DNA, RG 393, USG Letters Sent. O. R., I, iii, 484-85.
Head Quarters Dist S. E. Mo|
Cairo Sept 10th 1861|
Pickets should be thrown out so as to guard every approach of the enemy to your Camp and also if practicable to watch his movements.
A Cavalry Picket should occupy the heights commanding Blandville & Fort Jefferson. 1
Be careful to give such directions that your Pickets shall not be surprised but collect information as remote from your camp as possible
By order of
Brig Genl U. S. GRANT