mand. The regt. had been mustered into state service for one month on May 15;
one month later it was not yet ready for U. S. service. 2nd Asst. AG John S.
Loomis remustered half the regt. into state service on June 17, the day USG took
command. Chicago Tribune, June 18, 1861. In Memoirs, I, 244-46, USG discusses
speeches made to his regt. by Ill. Democratic Congressmen John A. McClernand
and John A. Logan which inspired his men to enter U. S. service. Logan made his
speech on June 19. Illinois State Journal, June 20, 1861. Cf. Garland, pp. 171-72.
The date indicates that the occasion was remuster into state service.
In a biographical sketch of USG, Isaac N. Morris wrote "that upon being
tendered the command of a regiment... he declined to accept it until the regiment
had made him their choice by a unanimous vote." National Intelligencer ( Washing-
ton, D. C.), March 21, 1864. Since remuster into state service coincided with the
appointment of USG, a vote on the new col. may have been implicit in the decision
to accept remuster; otherwise the statement is not correct. "There was some
dissatisfaction in the regiment at the time of the appointment of Col. Grant.
Although he was admitted to be both an able and efficient commander, the mem-
bers of the regiment deemed that they were yet American citizens, and entitled
to that most sacred of rights, the privilege of choosing their own rulers, by the
rightful test of the ballot." Letter of "Orion," Aug. 1, 1861, in Missouri Democrat,
Aug. 3, 1861.
See letter of June 26, 1861, note 6.
The Illinois State Register, April 26, 1861, announced the start of a line
of omnibuses between downtown Springfield and Camp Yates. This or a rented
horse would have been the "conveyance" available.
Susan M. Felt, eight-year-old daughter of Lewis S. Felt. See letter of
June 1, 1861, note 5.
In a letter to his wife, June 26, 1861, 1st Lt. Philip Welshimer of USG's
regt. wrote, "I think it is the water here that effects me and quite a number of
others as it is limestone ..." USGA Newsletter, IV, 1 (Oct., 1966), 3. The Chicago Tribune, June 27, 1861, attributed the bad water to the proximity of a
Orders No. 16
Head Quarters, Camp Yates, July [June] 28, 1861.
ORDERS No. 16
Company Commanders will have their Companies paraded
for muster, at 2 ½ o.clock PM to day. The Regt. will be
formed on the Regt. Parade ground, as for evening parade.
Questia, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning. www.questia.com
Book title: The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant: April-September 1861.
Contributors: John Y. Simon - Editor.
Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press.
Place of publication: Carbondale, IL.
Publication year: 1969.
Page number: 54.
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