Head Quarters, Dist. S. E. Mo|
Cairo, Sept. 15th 1861|
|GEN. J. C. FREMONT,|
|COMD. G DEPT. OF THE WEST,|
|ST. LOUIS, Mo.|
Reconnoisances which I had made yesterday disclose the fact that the enemy have broken up their Camp above Belmont, also that they have no force from there to some distancebeyond Charleston.
As telegraphed by me to-day I believe they are leaving Columbus. Whether marching upon Paducah or leaving Kentucky altogether I will try and determine to-morrow.
I have ordered the 10th Ill. Vols. Col. Morgan 1 Comd.g to Fort Holt to take the place of the 24th leaving to-night, and the 7th Iowa to Elliotts Mills, 2 near Fort Jefferson, to take the place of the 19th Ill.
I would call your attention to the fact that there are many troops here without arms, and some armed with the Austrian musket 3 which, the with the caps now furnished, are unreliable. Also that Clothing Camp & Garrison equipage and accoutrements are deficient. Requisitions I am told are before the proper departments for all these articles.
Money is much required here to pay for secret services. It is highly necessary to get information which cannot be obtained from our own reconnoitering parties, and, without money to pay, the services of citizens cannot much longer be obtained.
I am Sir, Very respectfully,
Your Obt. Svt.
U. S. GRANT
Brig. Gen. Com.
ALS, DNA, RG 393, Western Dept., Letters Received. O. R., I, iii, 494. On