Head Quarters Dist S. E. Mo|
Cairo Sept 11th 1861|
Throw forward under the direction of Col Waagner as large a force as can be spared from Norfolk to reconnoitre down the River in conjunction with the Gun Boat Conestoga.
Norfolk must be held. Send back to your post for Rations. The forces from Cairo will be releived as soon as another Regiment arrives to take their place
|U. S. GRANT|
|Brig Genl Comdg|
|To Col Oglesby Comdg|
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 1, 2, 3, 77; DNA, RG 393, USG Letters Sent. O. R., I, iii, 487; O. R. (Navy), I, xxii, 329. On Sept. 11, 1861, Col. Richard J. Oglesby wrote to USG. "I have just received your order of this date through Col Wallace Yesterday I made a full recognoisance for 6 miles below this point. On the river road; full particulars of which were reported to Brig Gen John A McClernand— Twenty men in one day canrepair the road for Artillery, for Eight miles down the river to the Hunter farm, where the Rush Ridge road from Birds point is intersected. I have established pickets today, with the assistance of Col Dougherty, which will effectually protect this point. I would give you a detached statement of my position here, were it of importance enough. Should the enemy remain in force on this side of the river it may become necessary to send reinforcements here—As at present situated I am strong enough, excepting in Cavalry—You would greatly favor us by sending down one full Company of the latter well armed. We have none, except what we can borrow from Col Wallace at Birds Point—Yesterday Col Wagner accompanied me, with two pieces of Light Artillery, about three miles. I did not safe in taking my Regiment but one mile further on towards the enemy—Leaving Major Post in Command. I went on with the Cavalry squad some two miles, and had a fair view of their Camp, and witnessed the engagement between the Gun Boats and the Land and River forces of the enemy. They are several thousand strong, but I regret I cannot state more definitely their force. The Conestoga had left before I received your order, besides Col Wagner has not been here today to convey it, and I therefore have sent out no force. Will you allow the Tents of the 11th 22d and my own Regiments to be sent down, since we are to remain here for some time—I would be very glad to have my Company at Big Muddy relieved immediately, as I shall need my whole force here. I will communicate all material facts—The forces here are as follows