War of the Rebellion: Serial 003 Page 0425 Chapter X. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC. - UNION.

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HEADQUARTERS CAMP FREMONT,

August 4, 1861.

Major General JOHN C. FREMONT,

Department of the West, Saint Louis:

SIR: I have just sent a bearer of dispatches to the telegraph office at Jonesborough, Ill., giving you the information that Thompson's command was 16 miles from me and advancing.

Send, if you can, re-enforcements and ammunition. Am fortifying the Windmill Hill, and will hold out as long as possible.

Very respectfully, yours,

C. C. MARSH,

Colonel Twentieth Illinois Vols., Commanding

HEADQUARTERS WESTERN DEPARTMENT,

Saint Louis, Mo., August 4, 1861.

Captain W. E. PRINCE, Commanding Fort Leavenworth:

The commanding general directs that Montgomery's force join General Lyon's command at Springfield, Mo., immediately. Send him this order by express.

The commanding general directs that the force under Colonel Dodge at Countil Bluffs be ordered to Saint Joseph fort with. On their arrival at that point the commanding officer will report to these headquarters for orders.

J. C. KELTON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

INDIANAPOLIS, August 4, 1861.

Major-General FREMONT:

Can send five regiments, if leave is granted by the Department, as I am ordered to send them East as fast as ready. They are mostly river-men, and are well adapted to your expedition. They have been promised rifles by the Department, which have not arrived as yet. What kind of guns will you give them, and where are they at? Will telegraph the Department.

O. P. MORTON.

HEADQUARTERS WESTERN DEPARTMENT,

Saint Louis, August 4, 1861.

Honorable MONTGOMERY BLAIR, Washington City:

The governor of Indiana, in answer to my urgent request for troops, informed me by telegraph that he has five regiments ready, chiefly made up of river boatmen, but they are under orders for the East. He will ask for them to be kept on Western duty. They cannot be more urgently needed at any place than here, and I ask for them as immediately as the order can be given. Answer by telegraph.

J. C. FREMONT,

Major-General, Commanding.