Letters Received. On the same day, Capt. William S. Hillyer replied for USG. "I am instructed by Gen Grant to inform you that the Gun boat Connestoga is reconnoitring in the neighborhood of Cairo, and a steamboat should be put in communication between this post and Norfolk" ALS, McClernand Papers, IHi. McClernand then replied to USG. "I have the honor to inform you, that I caused the Steamer 'W. H. B' to lie to at 'Birds Point' last night, subject to the order of Col. Wallace for the purpose of communicating with these Head Quarters—also, the Steamer 'Rob Roy' Capt. Brown, to lie to, at 'Fort Holt' for the purpose of enabling Col. Ross to do the same." ALS, ibid. USG wrote across the bottom of McClernand's letter. "I think the same order should be observed evry night."
On Sept. 12, McClernand wrote to USG. "As the security of the Federal forces encamped at Norfolk, Missouri, will depend more or less upon the continuance of the Gun Boat now below that point, near there, I beg to be advised, in advance, of any order that may be made recalling her from that vicinity." ADfS, ibid. On the same day, Hillyer wrote to Capt. Reuben B. Hatch. "If you have a Steamboat that can be spared, a steamboat should be stationed at Norfolk for the use of the forces stationed there. The boat should not remain there at night except when protected by a Gun Boat" Copies, DLC-USG, V, 1, 2, 3, 77; DNA, RG 393, USG Letters Sent.
|Cairo Sept 11th 1861|
I have just learned that a number of Minnie Rifles belonging to the Paducah City Guards are concealed on Capt McConnells place in the edge of the City.
A Negro Barber keeping shop on the cor of Court & Market Streets can point out to you a slave named Butch who concealed them or knows where they are.
Constable Dan Fourshee of Paducah is a man that I am told you can place reliance in to ferret out this matter
|Yours Obt Servt|
|To Gen C. F Smith||U. S. GRANT|
|Comdg Paducah Ky||Brig Genl Comdg|
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 1, 2, 3, 78; DNA, RG 393, USG Letters Sent.