Head Quarters, Dist. S. E. Mo.|
Cairo September 11th 1861|
One of the three Gun Boats is at Paducah, one laid up for repairs and I think it would be imprudent to detach the third 1 to go so far as you propose.
The boat now undergoing repairs will be for service in a day or two if that will answer the purpose.
|U. S. GRANT|
|Brig. Gen. Com Dist.|
|To Gen. J. A. McClernand|
ALS, McClernand Papers, IHi. Although the letter to which USG replied has not been found, Brig. Gen. John A. McClernand wrote a note concerning its contents. "Advise Genl Grant that I want one of the Gun boats to convoy a cargo of Hay from Smithland to this place—the boat to leave Smithland for here abt. daylight next Saturday" AD, ibid. On Sept. 11, 1861, McClernand replied to USG. "The Gun Boat, to be used, temporarily, as a convoy, will not be needed at Smithland before next Saturday morning, hence the Gun Boat at Paducah, if repaired, in time, will answer the purpose. If not, I will not expect one." Copy, ibid.
Also on Sept. 11, McClernand wrote to USG. "Col. Oglesby desires me to send a Steam Boat to Norfolk, to open a communication, by water, with that place, and to transport to & from that place, whatsoever may be needful. Before complying with the above request, I deem it proper to ask to be advised by you, whether one or more of the gun boats are below Norfolk and in a position to protect any boat I might send there." DfS, ibid. ; LS, DNA, RG 393, District of Southeast Mo.,