In future I will address all official communications to the Commanding General through the Adjt. Gen.
Your Obt. Svt.
U. S. GRANT
Brig. Gen. Com
ALS, DNA, RG 393, Western Dept., Letters Received. Capt. Chauncey Mc- Keever of Md., USMA 1849, was asst. adjt. gen. for Maj. Gen. John C. Frémont.
Head Quarters, Dist. S. E. Mo.|
Cairo, September 26th 1861|
|CAPT. C. MCKEEVER;|
|ASST. ADJ. GEN. U. S. A.|
|ST LOUIS Mo.|
For the information of the Gen. Comd.g the Western Department I have to report that reconnoisances which I have directed for the last two days show the enemy to have abandoned their position near Hunters farm. They are now confined to their encampments at Columbus and Belmont. —A party of Cavalry sent out by my order this morning succeeded in surprising a detachment of about forty of Jeff. Thompsons command to-day. I enclose herewith Col. Oglesby's report of the result. 1 I have to report the loss of two good soldiers by the culpable conduct of