sion is, there is no concerted plan to attack this place, Cape Girardeau, or Paducah, for the present.
When I first learned that Thompson had broken up his camp, I ordered out a force to Charleston to cut him off in that direction. I inclose you the report of Colonel Oglesby, who made the detail for the expedition.* Before I assumed command of this military district a steam ferry had been seized on the Mississippi and taken into Government service at Cape Girardeau. I knew nothing of the circumstances until within the last few days. Finding that Government was using private property under these conditions, I ordered the commanding officer at Cape Girardeau to require the quartermaster of the post to enter into a contract for the use of the boat, I have just received the report of the quartermaster and the opinion of Colonel Plummer thereon. The owner of the ferry demanded $75 per day. The quartermaster (Lieutenant Shields, of the Twentieth Illinois Volunteers) regards $8 per day as a fair compensation, and Colonel Plummer, on advising with old steamboat men, regards Lieutenant Shields' estimate as a fair value of the services of the ferry. The Luella will be retained until otherwise directed by higher authority, and no contract be entered into.
U. S. GRANT,
HEADQUARTERS THIRD DIVISION, Numbers --.
Sedalia, October 4, 1861.
Acting Brigadier-General Osterhaus will from this date take command of the Second Brigade, Third Division, consisting of the following troops:
Twelfth Regiment Missouri Volunteers, Colonel Osterhaus.
Seventeenth Regiment Missouri Volunteers, Colonel Hassendeubel.
N. W. R. R. [Forty-fourth] Illinois Volunteers, Colonel Knobelsdorff.
Third Regiment Missouri Volunteers, First Battalion, Major Conrad.
Third Regiment, U. S. Reserve Corps, Colonel Fritz.
Light Artillery, Company A, Captain Welfley; Company B, Captain Hoffman; Major Backof.
Benton Hussars, Captain Woldemar.
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Acting Major-General Third Division, Commanding.
KANSAS CITY, October 4, 1861.
General J. H. LANE, Commanding Kansas Brigade:
GENERAL: I inclose for your information a letter just received from General Fremont. You will please return it by the bearer after reading it. I would be glad to have any opinion you may have formed after reading this letter that may influence your or my movements.
I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
S. D. STURGIS,
*See report of expedition, October 2, 1861, from Bird's Point to Charleston, p. 198.