Have delivered to Col Waagner the accompanying orders I direct him to come here and report to me for other service
|U. S. GRANT|
|Brig Genl Comdg|
|To Col Oglesby|
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 1, 2, 3, 77; DNA, RG 393, USG Letters Sent. O. R., I, iii, 489. O. R. identifies the letter to Col. John Cook of Sept. 12, 1861, as an enclosure in the letter to Col. Richard J. Oglesby, but gives no explanation. On Sept. 12, Oglesby wrote to USG. "I have just returned from a march of four miles inland from Norfolk, in the direction of the enemy. I find the country thickly wooded but cut by several fit for artillery to approach for the marshes are substantially dry, not affected by the late rain to impede the march of an army. The two bridges destroyed some days ago are of no consequence, as the sloughs are passable at several points near there. Lieut—Tuffts was directed to approach the lines of the enemies pickets of this side of the Hunter farm. He has about 25 Cavalry men with him. Will be in tonight if anything important is reported will inform you" ALS, DNA, RG 393, District of Southeast Mo., Letters Received.
|Cairo, Sept. 12th 1861|
I have been intending to send for you to come here but now things begin to look so much like a fight that I hardly think it would be prudent. The Rebels are in large force and we are near enough to have little brushes occationally with our Gun Boats and scouting parties.
Yesterday we had quite a little brush all day, resulting however in only two wounded on our side. 1 To-day some of our scouts picked up a paper printed in New Madrid in which they acknowledge 68 killed, their Gun Boat and three pieces of Artillery disabled, and many men wounded.
To-day they have not come out. I should like very much to have you here but I am afraid that it might embarass my movements.