enough to direct them to Norfolk to report to Col. Oglesby for position.
|I am Sir, Very respectfully|
|Your Obt. Svt.|
|U. S. GRANT|
|Brig. Gen. Com.|
|To Brig. Gen. J. A. McClernand|
|ALS, McClernand Papers, IHi.|
BY TELEGRAPH FROM Cairo [Sept.] 30th 1861
To GEN SMITH
A prisoner mortally wounded & brought into Norfolk confirms the report that Pillow 20 000 strong is marchingupon Mayfield—Our pickets have been engaged with the enemy today, in two directions—
U. S. GRANT
Telegram received, DNA, RG 94, War Records Office, Dept. of the Mo. On Sept. 30, 1861, Col. John J. S. Wilson telegraphed to USG. "Col Ross informs me that wounded Rebel who is dying at Norfolk reports that twenty thousand under Gen Pillow left Columbus yesterday supposed destination to attack Paducah—" Telegram received, ibid. On the same day, Brig. Gen. Charles F. Smith telegraphed to USG. "Can you send in the direction of Blandville and learn something of the reported movement of Pillow and his twenty thousand and let me know." Telegram received, ibid., RG 393, Dept. of the Mo., Telegrams Received (unarranged).