send it by special messenger, in order that it may certainly and speedily reach you.
Yours, very truly,
HEADQUARTERS, September 3, 1861.
To the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES,
Will you allow me to suggest that for the present no authority be given to Governor Gamble to raise regimens in Missouri?
J. C. FREMONT,
HDQRS. DISTRICT SOUTHEAST MISSOURI, Numbers 3.
Cairo, Ill., September 4, 1861.
By virtue of directions from headquarters Department of the West, Cairo will be included in the Southeast Missouri District, and the undersigned therefore assumes command.
Brigadier General J. A. McClernand, U. S. Volunteers, being senior officer of the post of Cairo, is assigned to duty as commander, and will assume his duties as soon as practicable.
Bird's Point and Mound City will be considered as parts of the command at Cairo.
Headquarters of the Military District of Southeast Missouri will be at this place until otherwise directed.
U. S. GRANT,
WAR DEPARTMENT, September 5, 1861.
General FREMONT, Saint Louis:
I have seen your message to the President. The governor of Indiana telegraphed some days since that matters in Kentucky presented a threatening aspect. He was then advised, by consent of the President, tool hi four regiments in camp for the emergency had feared. One regiment has since been ordered from camp, the others remain there. Under your statement that rebel forces are probably being moved into Kentucky, is it advisable to send regiments from Indiana to your assistance?
If this Department was more fully advised by you of the wants of your department, we might be able to serve you more promptly. It certainly is my desire to give you every possible assistance.
HEADQUARTERS WESTERN DEPARTMENT,
September 5, 1861.
Commanding Jefferson Barracks:
General Fremont orders you to make up a command sufficient to capture or disperse the rebel camp west of Sulphur Springs; to arrange