Oct 18 1861 “The same Agt. reports that Jeff. Thompson went North to join his force with Lowe’s and attack Ironton.”

Oct 18 1861 Wrote Capt McKeever, “By a secret Agt. sent by me to Columbus and New Madrid I have confirmation of the report that Hardee, with about 5000 men, has joined Buckner.  The same Agt. reports that Jeff. Thompson went North to join his force with Lowe’s and attack Ironton. — At Columbus a new Casemat Battery has been erected, a new 84 pound rifled gun brought to the upper end of the city, and a chain brought up to throw across the river to obstruct navigation.  In view of these facts I ordered a reconnaissance with Gun b oat today.  Enclosed I send you the report of the commander.”

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 3, p 54-5

O.R., I, iii, 248

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