Owensboro Ky where the Confederates are said to have taken possession, and dislodge them.
Genl Fremonts instructions are that the Ohio River is to be kept open.
|U. S. GRANT|
|Brig Genl Com|
|To Capt A. H. Foote|
|Comdg Naval Forces|
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 1, 2, 3, 77; DNA, RG 393, USG Letters Sent. O. R., I, iv, 266; O. R. (Navy), I, xxii, 345. On Sept. 22, 1861, Maj. Gen. John C. Frémont telegraphed to Capt. Andrew H. Foote. "The President has ordered me to seize Owensboro now in the hands of the rebels, you will receive order through Gen Grant to send gunboat at once to dislodge them." Copy, DNA, RG 393, Western Dept., Telegrams. On Sept. 23, Foote wrote to USG. "As the Ohio River is low and falling, and opinions among Pilots being divided about there being sufficient water for the Gun Boats, I have detained the 'Bee' for the purpose of accompanying usup the [Riv]er to haul us off in case we should get aground. I regret to inform you that the 'Conestoga' is not here, but has gone up the Cumberland probably. I shall however proceed without her unless I find her soon after the 'Lexington' arrives. Neither of the Boats are available yet. I only wait for them, even one of them, to execute promptly my orders." ALS, ibid., District of Southeast Mo., Letters Received. O. R. (Navy), I, xxii, 346. On Sept. 25, Foote sent a fuller report to Frémont. ALS, DNA, RG 45, Area 5. O. R., I, iv, 273-74; O. R. (Navy), I, xxii, 348-49. No C. S. A. forces were found at Owensboro, Ky. O. R., I, iv, 275, 279; O. R. (Navy), I, xxii, 345-47.
Head Quarters, Dist. S. E. Mo.|
Cairo, Sept. 22d 1861|
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