Head Quarters, Dist. S. E. Mo.|
Cairo, September 15th 1861|
A Mr. Avery 1 representing himself as a correspondent of the Chicago Times is reported to me by officers of the Army as having made remarks, publicly, whilst in Cape Girardeau that makes him at least a suspicious person. —I would direct therefore that if found in the city after the train leaves here to-morrow morning he be confined and further investigation had.
I would suggest that no pass be given him.
|Your Obt. Svt.|
|To Gen. J. A. McClernand||U. S. GRANT|
|Comd.g Post.||Brig. Gen. Com. Dist.|
ALS, McClernand Papers, IHi. On Sept. 15, 1861, Brig. Gen. John A. McClernand wrote to R. B. Avery. "By order of Genl. U. S. Grant, Com'g the district of South East Missouri, you are hereby notified that if found here after the departure of the Central Rail Road train in the morning you will be arrested." ALS, ibid. McClernand may have opened the matter by writing to USG on Sept. 15. "A sergeant from Col. Hecker's regiment brings a man whose answers to my inter‐ rigatories promt me to refer him to you" LS, ibid.
Head Quarters Dist S. E. Mo|
Cairo Sept 15th 1861|
You will please detach as much cavalry as you can spare from your command to make a Reconnoisance in the direction of Blandville under the directions of Col Waagner