Sept 23 1861 Wrote Gen Frémont, “weakening my force … may force me to abandon Norfolk & Fort Jefferson”

Sept 23 1861 Wrote Gen Frémont, “Information from Columbus indicates the rebels are crossing to Belmont, taking away two gun boats.  The third is laid up & weakening my force as has been done may force me to abandon Norfolk & Fort Jefferson.  I will hold on to them as long as it is prudent.  Our pickets had a passage at arms last night one & a half miles below Hunters, three men & horses missing.”

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 2, p 300-1

National Archives, RG 393, Western Dept. Telegrams

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