Oct 27 1861 Received report from Col. Plummer of a victory over Confederate Gen. Jeff Thompson

Oct 27 1861 Received report from Col. Joseph Plummer, commanding at Cape Girardeau. “Pursuant to your order of the 16th, I left this Post on the 18th inst with about fifteen hundred men and marched upon Fredricktown, via Jackson and Dallis, where I arrived at 12 O’Clock on Monday the 21st.  Finding there Col Carlin with about three thousand men who had arrived at 9 O’Clock that morning.  He gave me a portion of his command which I united with my own and immediately started in pursuit of Thompson, who was reported to have evacuated the town the day before and retreated towards Greenville.  I found him however occupying a position about one mile out of town on the Greenville road which he had held since about 9 O’Clock AM and immediately attacked him.  The battle lasted about two and one half hours, and resulted in the total defeat of Thompson, and rout of all his forces, consisting of about three thousand five hundred men.  Their loss was severe, ours very light.  Among their killed was Lowe.  On the following day I pursued Thompson twenty two miles towards Greenville for the purpose of capturing his train, but finding further pursuit useless, and believing Pilot Knob secure and the object of the expedition accomplished, I returned to this post, where I arrived last evening, having been absent seven days and a half.  I brought with me forty two prisoners, and one iron twelve pound field piece, a number of small arms and horses taken upon the field.  I will forward a detailed report of the battle, as soon as reports from Colonels of Regiments and Commanding Officers of Corps are received.”

The papers of Ulysses S Grant Vol 3 p 80

O.R., I, iii, 209

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