War of the Rebellion: Serial 003 Page 0203 Chapter X. SKIRMISHERS NEAR CLINTONVILLE, MO., ETC.

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should be cut off, you may infer that the attack has begun. Think we will repulse the enemy, but fear the railroad may be rendered impassable to the battery, which has not arrived.

W. P. CARLIN,

Colonel, Commanding.

Captain McKEEVER.

No. 2. Report of Captain Chauncye McKeever, Assistant Adjutant-General, U. S. Army, with instructions to General Grant.

HEADQUARTERS,

Saint Louis, October 22, 1861.

In the absence of General Fremont, I have the honor to report that a force from Pilot Knob, under Colonel Carlin, acting conjunction with a force from Cape Girardeau, under Colonel J. B. Plummer, attacked the enemy yesterday at Fredericktown, about 25 miles from Pilto Knob, completely routing them, killing Lowe, their commander, and Capturing four pieces of heavy artillery. The loss of the enemy heavy; ours small. Major Gavitt and Captain Highman, First Indian Cavalry, were killed in charge on the rebel battery.

C. McKEEVER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

Colonel E. D. TOWNSEND.

SAINT LOUIS, October 16, 1861.

Brigadier General U. S. GRANT, Cairo, Ill.:

Jeff. Thomspon, with between two and three thousand men, is at Farmington, 20 miles east of Ironton. Send as large a force a you can from Cape Girardeau, in the direction of Ironton or Pilot Knob, to cut off his retreat into Arkansas.

By order of Major-General Fremont:

C. McKEEVER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

SAINT LOUIS, October 18, 1861.

Brigadier General U. S. GRANT, Cairo, Ill.:

Colonel Carlin has been driven back towards Pilot Knob by Jeff. Thompson, who is reported to have 5,00 men and four pieces of artillery. I have sent two regiments of infantry and a battery of light artillery from here to re-enforce him. Send additional force from Cairo or Cape Girardeau if it can be done with safety.

C. McKEEVER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.