Fremont arrived at Wheeling on Friday, that city being the head quarters of the “Mountain Department,” which comprises Western Virginia, Eastern Kentucky and such part of Tennessee as lies east of a line through Knoxville. It is said that his department is also intended to include all the country south of the sections named, and is included within the same parallels. This however is a matter of dispute. The soldiers and loyal citizens included under his command express the greatest satisfaction at his appointment. With the opening of spring we may look for active movements in the Mountain Department.
– Published in The Davenport Daily Gazette, Davenport, Iowa, Monday Morning, April 7, 1862, p. 2