Dec 21 1861 Wrote Col. Oglesby, “Understanding that a heavy trade is being carried on between points North of Birds Point and Charleston Mo., and South by means of teams, I am desirous of breaking it up.
“To this end, you will send tomorrow or Monday a sufficient force, say two squadrons of Cavalry under Lt. Col. Prince, to the neighborhood of Belmont with directions to proceed back on the main traveled road, towards Charleston, taking possession of all teams loaded with produce or goods destined for the south and send them back to Birds Point.
“The object of this expedition it is hardly necessary for me to inform you should be kept entirely secret.”
The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 3 p 319-20
O.R., I, vii, 453-54