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n additional regiment. General C. F. Smith, commanding at Paducah, was also requested to move out from that place towards the rear of Columbus, and to keep the enemy from throwing over the river much more force than they now have there; Grant informing him that the principal point to gain, is to prevent the enemy from sending a force to fall in the rear of those now sent out from this command. Two other and smaller demonstrations for the same purpose, were ordered at the same time, from Bird's Point and Fort Holt, near Cairo, the commanders being instructed to return the day after moving out. On the evening of the 6th, Grant started down the river in person, with thirty-one hundred and fourteen men on transports, and under convoy of two gunboats. The force included a section of artillery, two squadrons of cavalry, and five regiments of infantry, to some of whom arms had been issued for the first time only two days before. Grant had but one general officer in his command, McCler
mmand to which Fremont had assigned him, but changed its designation to the District of Cairo, and placed Paducah also within his jurisdiction. He kept Grant organizing and disciplining his troops for nearly two months, allowing no forward movement in all that time. But in the early part of January, 1862, in pursuance of orders from McClellan, then generalin-chief, Halleck sent directions to Grant, and the latter at once moved a force of six thousand men under McClernand, from Cairo and Bird's Point, towards Mayfield and Murray, in west Kentucky; he also sent C. F. Smith, with two brigades from Paducah, in the same direction, threatening Columbus and the rebel line between that place and Bowling Green. These movements were made in favor of certain operations of Buell in the Department of the Cumberland. The object, said Halleck, is to prevent reenforcements being sent to Buckner, who was then in command at or near Bowling Green. See Appendix for McClellan and Halleck's instructio
twenty-five miles below Greenville, with about three thousand men. Colonel Carlin has started with force from Pilot Knob. Send a force from Cape Girardeau and Bird's Point to assist Carlin in driving Thompson into Arkansas. By order of Major-General Fremont. C. McKEEVER, Assistant Adjutant-General. headquarters, District southeast Missouri, Cairo, November 3, 1861. Colonel R. J. Oglesby, commanding, etc.,< Bird's Point, Missouri: You will take command of an expedition, consisting of your regiment, four companies of the Eleventh Illinois, all of the Eighteenth and Twenty-ninth, three companies of cavalry from Bird's point (to be selected and nothich there is a road to that place, communicate with me at Belmont. U. S. Grant, Brigadier-General. Cairo, November 6, 1861. Colonel W. H. L. Wallace, Bird's Point, Missouri: Herewith I send you an order to Colonel Oglesby, to change the direction of his column towards New Madrid, halting to communicate with me at Belmont f
ation at the same time, it will assist in carrying out the deception. H. W. Halleck, Major-General. Two letters of instructions from Major-General Halleck to Brigadier-General Grant, for movement against Fort Henry. headquarters, Department of the Missouri, St. Louis, January 30, 1862. Brigadier-General U. S. Grant, Cairo, Ill.: You will immediately prepare to send forward to Fort Henry, on the Tennessee river, all your available force from Smithland, Paducah, Cairo, Fort Holt, Bird's Point, etc. Sufficient garrisons must be left to hold these places against an attack from Columbus. As the roads are now almost impassable for large forces, and as your command is very deficient in transportation, the troops will be taken in steamers up the Tennessee river as far as practicable. Supplies will also be taken up in steamers as far as possible. Flag-Officer Foote will protect the transports with his gunboats. The Benton, and perhaps some others, should be left for the defence o