Re: [civilwarwest] Re: Orders to occupy Paducah
- In a message dated 4/1/2005 2:09:29 A.M. Eastern Standard Time, wh_keene@... writes:
In a message of the 5th Fremont did
instruct Grant to occupy Paducah but whether this message reached
Grant before he left for Paducah that night is not clear. Grant's
correspondence from prior to going to Paducah does not give any
indication that he had received that message. His messages do
indicate that he thought he might be instructed not to go and also
give the impression that there are other messages not contained in
the records.At that period of time, Grant was in command of the District of Cairo (Sherman succeeded him of this command on February 14, 1862 and Grant was to command the District of West Tennessee) and lines were open between St Louis and Cairo. Thus, it is very possible that Grant did receive Fremont's communication prior to his departure for Paducah.JEJ
- I found it. OR Vol 7 Pg 571 McCellan to Halleck and Buell " A deserter just
in from the rebels, says that .... he heard officers say that Beauregaed was
under orders to go to
Kentucky with fifteen regiments from the Army of the Potomac.(Jan.29, 1862).
Halleck replied on Jan 30. "Your telegraph regarding Beauregard is received.
General Grant and Commodore Foote will be ordered to immediately advance, and
to reduce and hold Fort Henry, on the Tennessee river.
I remain, Sir, your most humble servant.