Head Quarters, Dist. S. E. Mo.|
Cairo, Sept. 26th 1861|
I have caused the arrest, and confinement, of three citizens of Blandville by the names of Blak, Corbett and Vaughan. The two latter are held as hostages for the safety and return of a Mr. Mercer, a Union man and citizen of Ky. who was arrested by the rebels and carried into Columbus a few days since.
The former I propose sending to St. Louis charged with recruiting a company for the southern army. Witnesses, Sergeant