The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant: April-September 1861 - Vol. 2

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Copy, Records of 21st Ill., I-ar. USG wrote this order at the Coles County Fairgrounds, about one mile northeast of Mattoon. The three judges, John Love of Sullivan, Moultrie County; James E. Calloway of Tuscola, Douglas County; and Jesse P. H. Stevenson of Paradise, Cumberland County, had already been elected capts. by the vols. In the election, Simon S. Goode, city clerk of Decatur, Macon County, who had already been elected a capt., was elected col. with 466 votes to 392 for Thomas A. Apperson. John W. S. Alexander of Paris, Edgar County, was, elected It. col. with 468 votes; and Warren E. McMackin of Salem, Clay County, was elected maj. with 332 votes. Tally sheet, ibid. The judges compiled a list of voters or poll book of the 879 vols. voting which they certified as correct. Below their certification USG wrote: "I certify that the above judges were duly detailed, and sworn, by me." AES, ibid.

USG left the camp after the election and returned to his hotel in Mattoon to wait for his train, thus missing the speeches made by the newly elected officers to theirmen. Garland, p. 166; letter of "Orion," May 16, 1861, in Missouri Democrat May 20, 1861. The following day, the camp was named Camp Grant. Ibid. ; Mattoon Gazette, May 17, 1861.

To Julia Dent Grant
Camp Near Mattoon
May 15th 1861
DEAR JULIA;

I am now nearly through at this place and will get away tomorrow for Anna, a town about forty miles from Cairo. As I will then be where it may be impracticable to draw any money, and as I do not expect to be back for two weeks 1 and have not got sufficient money to pay my board for that time, I shall draw for about $15 00 before leaving here. Tell Orvil of this. I enjoy first rate health and am geting a fine opportunity of seeing a greatdeel of this very fine state. It is truly an empire within itself. I am more out of the way of War news here than you are and of course can give you nothing in that way. You have seen from the papers that they had terrible times in St. Louis the day I wrote you from there. 2 The statements given in St. St. Louis Herald were not strictly, though substantially correct. The troops did not fire until they had been grossly abused and fired upon and two or three of their number killed besides some wounded. 3 I staid at

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