his letter to Maj. Gen. John C. Frémont. "Fort Jefferson does not command the river. I had a reconnaisance made to day the enemy have not moved today I am informed that the rebels report sixty eight (68) Killed three (3) pieces on the gun boat Yankee disabled yesterday. McColloch is reported to have been in Columbus in consultation." Copy, DNA, RG 393, Western Dept., Telegrams.
On Sept. 11, Frémont had telegraphed in Hungarian to USG and Brig. Gen. Charles F. Smith. "Fort Jefferson desires one battery, but you should prepare the road for both advance and retreat, properly utilizing our natural advantages along the line of Mayfield Creek from the Mississippi to Lovelaceville. If the enemy cannot be prevented from crossing at Belmont, their advance to Charleston should be prevented. Inform me about our present strength on the Kentucky shore and the Missouri shore." Copy (Hungarian), ibid. Another translation of this telegram in the USG letterbooks, misdated Sept. 12, is in O. R., I, iii, 489. On Sept. 11, USG telegraphed in Hungarian to Frémont. "Fort Jefferson is the top of the hill opposite the First Island four miles below Fort Holt and it controls the roads to Blandville and Mellborn, the line of Mayfield Creek, the river and the branch of the river.... Belmont doesn't control it." Copy (Hungarian), DNA, RG 393, Western Dept., Telegrams.
Head Quarters Dist S. E. Mo|
Cairo Sept 12th 1861|
All Boats passing your Post not recognized as in the employ of the Government will be hailed and brought to, papers examined and if necessary cargo.
Every thing must be done to prevent the Enemy receiving supplies.
The works on the fortifications should be pushed forward as rapidly as possible. Protect all loyal Citizens in all their right but carry out the proclamation of Genl Fremont upon all subjects