Sept. 15, 1861, USG telegraphed to Maj. Gen. John C. Frémont. "I have reasons to believe that the rebels are retreating from Columbus." Copies, DNA, RG 393, Western Dept., Telegrams; DLC-USG, VIA, 1.
Head Quarters, Dist. S. E. Mo.|
Cairo Sept. 15th 1861|
You will please direct Col. Morgan to move his regiment to Fort Holt this evening to relieve Col. Hecker who is under marching orders. Also direct the 2d Iowa to move with all despatch to Col. Ross' command at Elliott's Mills.
|Your Obt. Svt.|
|U. S. GRANT|
|Brig. Gen. Com|
|To Gen. J. A. McClernand|
ALS, McClernand Papers, IHi. O. R., I, iii, 494-95. See telegram to Maj. Gen. John C. Frémont, Sept. 15, 1861.