266 OPERATIONS IN MO., ARK., KANS., AND IND. T. [Cam.. x.
General Hardee, to join him in Kentucky. I have ordered them back
to take charge of these guns and do the best we can with them. I hope
they will get back by to-morrow night. I have sent a dispatch to Gen-
eral Thompson, wherever he may be in Missouri, to co-operate with me
by marching upon the flank and rear of the enemy, and I have requested
him to send my dispatch on to you at Columbus, as containing what I
wish you to know. I write this to you via Memphis, so as to have two
chances to reach you speedily. I have dispatched to every militia and
volunteer officer throughout the counties an appeal to the people to
rally to my support at once and from all quarters. It is only a question
of time. If all to whom I have appealed come in due time we can
beat the enemy, but if I am left alone with my little handful we can
only die at our post, as we will do, but we cannot successfully resist
such a disparity of force, at least ten to one, and with artillery.
Don't think I exaggerate or write under undue excitement. I and
the little force I have here (which I repeatedly warned both General
Hardee and General Johnston was wholly inadequate for either attack
or defense), are resolved to die here alone, if no one comes to help us.
To this I pledge myself, for I will never, while alive, retreat. My mind
has long since been made up to that ; but I do feel the deepest concern
that, if we are permitted to fall here, the invasion of our State will be
complete before any other help can come, and our homes and families
will be overwhelmed with ruin. Those who for want of timely aid shall
permit us thus to be sacrificed will reap a full harvest of self-reproach
at least, if not of disgrace. I have ordered up all the boats in the river
to take off supplies, sick, &c., but doubt whether they can get here in
sufficient number or in time. You know best what to do.
I have the honor to be, most respectfully,
Maj. Gen. Pomc, at his Headquarters.
NOVEMBER 7, 1861.—Engagement at Belmont, Mo., and demonstration
from Paducah upon Columbus, Ky.
REPORTS, ETC. *
No. 1.—Brig. Gen. U. S. Grant, U. S. Army, commanding District of Southeast Mis-
souri, and including operations against Thompson's forces, with orders, &c.
No. 2.—Surg. J. H. Brinton, U. S. Army, Medical Director.
No. 3.—Commander Henry Walke, U. S. Navy.
No. 4.—Brig. Gen. JohnA. McClernand, U. S. Army, commanding First Brigade.
No. 5.—Col. Napoleon B. Buford, Twenty-seventh Illinois Infantry.
No. 6.—Col. Philip B. Fouke, Thirtieth Illinois Infantry.
No. 7.—Col. John A. Logan, Thirty-first Illinois Infantry.
No. 8.—Capt. Ezra Taylor, Battery B, First Illinois Light Artillery.
No. 9.—Col. Henry Dougherty, Twenty-second Illinois Infantry, commanding Second*
No. 10.—Capt. John E. Detrich, Twenty-second Illinois Infantry.
No. 11.—Col. Jacob G. Lauman, Seventh Iowa Infantry.
No. 12.—Capt. Benjamin Crabb, Seventh Iowa Infantry.
No. 13.—Brig. Gen. Charles F. Smith, U. S. Army, commanding at Paducah, Ky., of
demonstration upon Columbus, Ky.
* Of engagement at Belmont when not otherwise indicated.