Oct 15 1861 Ordered reconnaisance made toward Chester Illinois

Oct 15 1861 Wrote Gen. McClernand, “Information deemed reliable having been received at these headquarters that a large body of troops supposed to be the Rebel Forces are encamped on the Mississippi River immediately opposite Chester [midway between Cape Girardeau and St. Louis].  You will therefore order the Gun Boat Tyler and Steamer Alex Scott with a Regiment of Infantry with sufficient number of days rations to proceed up the Mississippi River as far as Chester Illinois for the purpose of making reconnaissance.  Should the information prove correct, they will dislodge them from their position.”

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 3 p 41-2

O.R., I, iii, 534

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