Dec 13 1861 Wrote Capt. Kelton, “From information received this afternoon from Columbus, some movement is taking place from that point. I am inclined to believe that it will be made on Birds Point, possibly at an early hour in the morning. I am fully prepared for the best defence our means will allow; let it occur where it may.
“Every possible disposition has been made to detect the intention of the enemy. All the troops at Birds Point, Fort Holt and Cairo are sleeping upon their arms, with Cartridge boxes filled. Steamers are in readiness to move the Cairo troops to any point at the shortest notice.”
The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 3 p 280
O.R., I, vii, 432