letter to Capt. Andrew H. Foote, Sept. 22, 1861. See President Abraham Lincoln to Frémont, Sept. 22, 1861, in Lincoln, Works, IV, 533.
Head Quarters, Dist. S. E. Mo.|
Cairo, September 22d 1861|
Yesterday I directed a reconnoisance, in force, to discover the position of the enemy. The main part of the troops from Norfolk and Fort Jefferson were landed below Island No 1 and marched from there down the beach road, supported by the Gunboats Tyler & Lexington. The result proved the Confederates to be in and around Columbus. No outposts are occupied by them nearer to us.
Mayfield has been deserted by the rebels. Col. Waagner, Chief of Ordnance, left here this evening in pursuance of orders telegraphed to him. His energy and ability have been of great service to me, particularly in directing reconnoisances, and his loss from this post will be felt.
To-day the advanced sentinels of one of our pickets fired into a scouting party of about one hundred rebels killing one horse and unhorsing five or six men. This took place about one mile from Elliotts Mills on the Columbus road. 1
The general health of this command is improving but the number of sick is still very large.
|I am Sir, very Respectfully|
|To Maj. Gen. J. C. Frémont||Your Obt. Svt.|
|Comd.g Western Dept.||U. S. GRANT|
|St. Louis, Mo.||Brig. Gen. Com|