Head Quarters Dist. S. E. Mo|
Cairo Sept 13th 1861|
Tomorrow I would like to have a reconnoisance down the River as far as you can safely go.
Take all the force that can be spared. At the same time an expedition will be sent out from Birds Point towards Charleston and one from Fort Holt.
It is important to find the position of the enemy if possible.
|U. S. GRANT|
|Brig Genl Comdg|
|To Col R. J. Oglesby|
|Comdg U. S. Forces|
|at Norfolk Mo|
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 1, 2, 3, 77; DNA, RG 393, USG Letters Sent. O. R., I, iii, 491. On Sept. 16, 1861, Col. Richard J. Oglesby wrote to USG. "Under the order of the General, Commanding in South East Mo, I moved with my entire command on Saturday morning 14th inst to observe the position of the enemy, in the direction of Belmont—At 10 a. m. the advance guard left camp under Command of Colonel Dougherty, at 11 ½ o'clock I followed with the 8th Reg't At four o'clock I joined the forces under Col Dougherty at the junction of the Charleston and Norfolk Roads, six miles above Belmont Col Dougherty had advanced one mile further down the river and returned to meet me at the point indicated; We saw nothing of the enemy excepting a Company of Cavalry, some two miles below the junction of the Roads; They disappeared as soon as the Gun Boat moved in that direction. I am satisfied the enemy has noencampment this side of Belmont—nor do I think they intend any movement against us from that place. I could not correctly learn the enimies strength, but think it not over Three Thousand, and and about nine pieces of Artillery; We found the road entirely accessible to Artillery. We were between nine and Ten miles below Norfolk; The day was excessively hot, and the men suffered a good deal going down. I returned to Camp at 10 o'clock P. M. —I have been so unwell since my return, that it has been impossible to make any report of my actions. The Officers and men behaved well, and Col Dougherty aided me most heartily in everything pertaining to the expedition" ALS, DNA, RG 393, District of Southeast Mo., Letters Received.