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HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT SOUTHEAST MISSOURI,

Cairo, Ill., September 13, 1861.

Colonel R. J. OGLESBY, Commanding, &c., Norfolk, Mo.:

To-morrow I would like to have a reconnaissance down the river as far as you can safely go. Take all the force that can be spared. At the same time an expedition will be sent out from Bird's Point towards Charleston and one from Fort Holt. It is important to find

the position of the enemy, if possible.

U. S. GRANT,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT SOUTHEAST MISSOURI,

Cairo, Ill., September 13, 1861.

Colonel W. H. L. WALLACE,

Commanding, &c., Bird's Point, Mo.:

You will please direct a reconnaissance towards Charleston with as large a force as can be spared from your command to-morrow. It is important to find out the position of the enemy, and I wish it conducted with a view of ascertaining if he take up a position in that direction. Colonel Oglesby has been directed to make a similar movement from Belmont.

U. S. GRANT,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS WESTERN DEPARTMENT,

Saint Louis, September 13, 1861.

Brigadier-General STURGIS, Mexico:

SIR: Information having been received at these headquarters of an intended attack on Booneville, you are hereby ordered to move at once by the shortest possible route, and with all practicable speed, direct to that place with your force of infantry and artillery.

J. C. FREMONT,

Major-General, Commanding.

WAR DEPARTMENT, September 14, 1861.

Major General C. FREMONT, Saint Louis:

On consultation with the President and heads of Departments, is was determined to call upon you for 5,000 well-armed infantry, to be sent here without a moment's delay. Give them three days' cooked rations. This draft from your forces to be replaced by your from the States of Illinois, Iowa, and Kansas. How many men have you under arms in your department? Please answer fully and immediately.

SIMON CAMERON,

Secretary of War.

WASHINGTON, September 14, 1861.

Major-General FREMONT:

Detach 5,000 infantry from your department to come here without delay, and report the number of the troops that will be left with you. The President dictates.

WINFIELD SCOTT.