Head Quarters, Dist. S. E. Mo.|
Cairo, September 16th 1861|
|MAJ. GEN. J. C. FRÉMONT|
|COMD. G DEPT. OF THE WEST|
|ST. LOUIS Mo.|
I have no news of the movements of the enemy to-day to communicate that has not been telegraphed. 1 If not moving from, he is keeping close to Columbus.
The most important point learned, if true, is that Gen. A. S. Johnson 2 was to take command and on Friday last was to have moved with 10.000 men upon Paducah.
I do not think this movement has been made however or I should have heard of it.
The ordering away of the 19th & 24th Ill. Vols. 3 will prevent extensive reconnoisance until their places are supplied. I feel that the place of Col. Hecker's regiment cannot be supplied by any one ordinary regiment.
I am sir, Very respectfully
Your Obt. Svt.
U. S. GRANT
Brig. Gen. Com.
ALS, ICarbS. On Sept. 19, 1861, Capt. John R. Howard replied to USG. "The Commanding General instructs me to acknowledge receipt of your despatch of Sep. 16th, and to inform you that one regiment will be forwarded to Cairo today, to replace to that extent those ordered away from your Command." ALS, DNA, RG 393, District of Southeast Mo., Letters Received.