Head Quarters Dist S. E. Mo|
Cairo Sept 23d 1861|
Information having reached me that the confederates are crossing the River at Columbus you are directed to watch their movements observing however proper Caution.
Should there be indications of a formidable attack upon your Post try and inform me in time to reinfoce you.
If it should become necessary the whole force from Fort Jefferson and Elliotts Mills could be sent to you
|U. S GRANT|
|Brig Genl Com|
|To Col Oglesby|
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 1, 2, 3, 77; DNA, RG 393, USG Letters Sent. O. R., I, iii, 503. On Sept. 24, 1861, Col. Richard J. Oglesby wrote twice to USG. "Yesterday evening the 2d Iowa, 7th Iowa and Capt Langs, Cavalry—arrived at this point and were immediately posted for the night, under your order to send their baggage to Birds Point The 2d Iowa were without tents. I have ordered the Col of the 2d Iowa, this morning—to move with his Regiment by land to Birds Point. I still hold at the place, the 7th Iowa and Cavalry Company—on the Steamer Louisiana, ready to move to Bird's Pt—when I shall obtain the position of the Enemy—this I shall know by 4 o'clock. P. M. today—I think the Louisiana will get to the Pointnight—Unless specially and strongly threatened, I will not leave here immediately, unless you shall otherwise direct The night was quiet. Pickets observed nothing unusual" "I am satisfied the enemy contemplate no attack upon this point. at present my scouts are all In from my front and from below as far as the Hunter Farm—Captain Noleman encountered at the Lower line of the Beckwith farm about 40 of the enemies cavalry who fled back of the corn field towards the woods and soon disappeared—I have increased my Pickets for to night and have ordered the 7th Iowa Regt Col Lauman to report on Board Steamer Louisiana at Birds Point Mo—one of the cavary companies Just in from the old Rushes Ridge road three miles In my front and across the Lake—report that on Sunday morning at 8 oclock a company of the enemies cavaly 120 strong visited the church there—It Looks a little as though they may have a camp on the road from Belmont to Charleston—this can be easily assertained from Birds Point—" LS and ALS, DNA, RG 393, District of Southeast Mo., Letters Received.