at length it reached this place. I am very well, but have no news to communicate.
I had extended my lines nearly half way to Columbus and made reconnoissances frequently to within sight of the rebel camps, but my force has to be so reduced that it would be imprudent to make an attack now until I am reinforced.
I hope some day, if I am allowed to retain this command, to give a good account of ourselves. Simpson's death, though looked for for the last two years, causes me a great deal of sadness. The day I heard of it, I received a number of letters from Galena. In two or three of them his arrival at St. Paul was noted, and it was stated that he was no better. Our family has been peculiarly blessed up to this time. But few families of the same number have gone so many years without the loss of a single member.
I expect Father here as soon as Orvil returns to Galena.
J. G. Cramer, pp. 59-60.
Head Quarters, Dist. S. E. Mo.|
Cairo, September 26th 1861|
|CAPT. C. MCKEEVER|
|ASST. ADJ. GEN. U. S. A.|
|ST. LOUIS, Mo.|
Yours of the 24th inst. 1 calling my attention to a Circular from Head Quarters Western Department dated August 31st is just received. —In reply I have to state that long before the circular refered to was promulgated I knew the proper channel through which to approach a senior officer, and always adopted the proper approach until directed by Maj. Gen. Fremont, over his own signature, to communicate with him direct. 2