Re: [civilwarwest] Re: Orders to occupy Paducah
- In a message dated 4/1/2005 12:35:50 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, theme_music@... writes:<<In this letter I directed him to take possession of Paducah
if he felt strong enough to do so; but if not, then to plant a
battery opposite Paducah on the Illinois side to command the Ohio
River and the mouth of the Tennessee. On the evening of the day
this letter was sent to General Grant, the officer who had been sent
by me within the Confederate lines reached Cairo on his way to St.
Louis to let me know the enemy was advancing on Paducah. He judged
it right to inform General Grant, uging him to do so, and in
accordance his instructions of the 28th immediately moved on Paducah
with and adequate force and two gun-boats.>> (bold emphasis mine JEJ)From this post, Fremont did issue orders on the 5th to take Paducah, but it also appears he had orders dated the 28th of August that gave Grant the authority to move on Paducah. Grant did so with the intelligence given to him by this unnamed officer that Fremont sent behind Confederate lines. Music's post seems to nail the door shut in that Grant did have the authority given to him by Fremont to move on Paducah before receiving the message sent by Fremont on the 5th.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.