War of the Rebellion: Serial 003 Page 0503 Chapter X. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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HEADQUARTERS WESTERN DEPARTMENT, Saint Louis, September 22, 1861.

Major General D. HUNTER, Commanding Rolla, Mo.:

SIR: A combined movement upon the country lying between Springfield and Lexington, infested by large rebel forces, having been decided upon, you are directed to take command of the First Division, the forces of which you will find specified in the accompanying list.* A part of your division has left already for Jefferson City. The rest will follow at once, and you will join it there, where detailed orders will be given you.

J. C. FREMONT,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT SOUTHEAST MISSOURI, Cairo, Ill., September 23, 1861.

Colonel R. J. OGLESBY,

Commanding Post, Norfolk, Mo.:

Information having reached me that the Confederates are crossing the river at Columbus, you are directed to watch their movements, observing, however, proper caution. Should there be indications of a formidable attack upon your post, try and inform me in time to re-enforce you. If it should become necessary, the whole force from Fort Jefferson and Elliott's Mills could be sent to you.

U. S. GRANT,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT SOUTHEAST MISSOURI, Cairo, Ill., September 23, 1861.

Colonel W. H. L. WALLACE,

Commanding Bird's Point, Mo.:

Move the portion of your regiment now at Bird's Point to the support of Colonel Oglesby at Norfolk. I want a reconnaissance made to-night, and if it appears that the rebels are crossing the river in force, I want the whole command moved to Bird's Point in the morning.

U. S. GRANT,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT SOUTHEAST MISSOURI, Cairo, Ill., September 23, 1861.

Colonel J. G. LAUMAN,

Seventh Iowa, Commanding, &c., Fort Jefferson, Ky.:

Move two regiments and all your cavalry but one company to Norfolk as soon as possible. The balance must be held in readiness for a move. Put your baggage on board of a steamboat, to be taken to Bird's Point, where it will have to be discharged.

U. S. GRANT,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

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