Major Miller stood the fatigue very well, and his officers and men are gallant gentlemen and brave soldiers. I will now try to remain perfectly quiet until re-enforced and ordered.
Yours, most respectfully,
M. JEFF. THOMPSON,
CAMP BENTON, MO., August 19, 1861-6 p. m.
Commanding Brigade, Camp Sikeston, Mo.:
DEAR COLONEL: Yours, containing the welcome accounts of your advance, is at hand. Unless you really can divert, and really take Bird's Point, which I believe can be done, please hurry on up the this point, at the enemy may find out my weakness while my men are scattered, and come out to give me a battle. I took commerce last night, and have stopped the navigation of the Missouri, by firing three strapped shots and one canister, from and old iron 6-pounder, over into Illinois. I left Commerce at 10 o'clock to-day, but no boats have passed since, and when you come up we will close navigation effectually. I will try to make the necessary preparations for you in the way of forage, &c. Hoping to see you shortly, I will conclude by assuming you again of a hearty welcome.
M. JEFF. THOMPSON,
Greenville, Mo., August 20, 1861.
Major General L. POLK, Commanding, &c., Memphis, Tenn.:
GENERAL: I sent Colonel Borland to-day to confer with General Pillow respecting our future operations. In the event of disagreement, I suggested that reference should be had to you. Colonel Borland is in possession of my views and is well acquainted with the resources of this part of Missouri. I wish, indeed, that you could see him. I do not see much prospect at present for striking a blow. The Ironton Railroad is still intact and Ironton itself largely re-enforced. I apprehend that if Pillow should unite his forces with mine, that we are too wake, combined, to march on Saint Louis. I am ready an anxious to attempt anything which may afford the prospect of success. I learn that one of the boars loaded with provisions has reached Pocahontas. I desire to express my acknowledgment for the cordial assistance you have in all cases extended to my command.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
W. J. HARDEE,
New Madrid, August 20, 1861.
GENERAL: I send you inclose da communication from Moore,* the