|Cairo, Sept 21, 61.|
Made reconnoissance today in force to within five miles of Columbus Kentucky shore by Gun boats. No enemy nearer than Columbus. From Gunboats their encampments look large.
U. S. GRANT.
Telegram (punctuation added), copies, DNA, RG 393, Western Dept., Telegrams; DLC-USG, VIA, 1.
Head Quarters Dist S. E. Mo|
Cairo Sept 21st 1861|
I want a reconnoisance made in force from your command from Elliotts Mills towards the River at Bends landing above Island No 2. 1
You will be supported by two Gun Boats and Col Oglesby will be instructed to cross the River and follow in your rear. 2
Let this expedition start as early as possible. Four companies of Infantry will be sufficient to retain possession of Fort Jefferson 3
|U. S. GRANT|
|Brig Genl Com|
|To Col Lawman|
|Com Fort Jefferson|
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 1, 2, 3, 77; DNA, RG 393, USG Letters Sent. O. R., I, iii, 502. Jacob G. Lauman, born in Md., moved to Iowa in 1844. On July 11, 1861, he was appointed col., 7th Iowa.