BY TELEGRAPH FROM Cairo Sept 30 1861
To CAPT C MCKEEVER
Our pickets were attacked today below Norfolk. A Rebel mortally wounded reports Pillow Twenty Thousand moving on Mayfield. We are threatened toards Charleston.
U. S. GRANT
Telegram received (punctuation added), DNA, RG 94, War Records Office, Dept. of the Mo. ; copies, ibid., RG 393, Western Dept., Telegrams; DLC-USG, VIA, 1. O. R., I, iii, 510. On Sept. 30, 1861, Capt. Chauncey McKeever telegraphed to USG. "The 10th Iowa leaves here this evening for Cape Girardeau." Copies, DNA, RG 393, Western Dept., Telegrams; ibid., USG Hd. Qrs. Correspondence; DLC-USG, V, 4, 5, 7, 8, VIA, 1. On Oct. 1, Col. John T. Fiala telegraphed to Maj. Gen. John C. Frémont. "Gen Grant reports under yesterdays date that Gen Smith is threatened from Maysville—Have telegraphed Smith & Grant to report immediately the extent of danger. No reply yet. Cape Girardeau is reinforced. Two regts. more are ready for Cairo if necessary. Two gun boats are between Cairo & Paducah a third one is on the way. I think the movement against Norfolk a mere demonstration. If Grant & Smith support each other, neither need be to much exposed." Copy, DNA, RG 393, Western Dept., Telegrams. See telegram to Brig. Gen. Charles F. Smith, Sept. 30, 1861.
Head Quarters, Dist. S. E. Mo.|
Cairo, Sept. 30th 1861|
Myself and Staff purpose going to Paducah to-day and closing the office entirely during our absence. I notify you that you may take entire charge of this post, and the enemy around.
Should any troops arrive during the day will you be kind