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

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Lt. Col. Herman Kallman, 2nd Mo. Reserve Corps. See O. R., I, liii, 498.
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When Potosi, Mo., about twenty-five miles northwest of Ironton, was attacked by rebels on the evening of Aug. 10, 1861, no cos. of the 15th Ill. were there. See letter to Capt. John C. Kelton, Aug. 11, 1861.
To Julia Dent Grant
Ironton Mo.
August 10th 1861
DEAR JULIA;

Night before last 1 I come down to Jefferson Bks. with my old Regt. leaving my trunk at the Planter's House 2 flattering myself that at 9 O'Clock the next day I would return to St. Louis, get a leave of absence for a few days and pop down upon you taking you by surprize. But my destination was suddenly changed, 9 O'Clock brought me orders, (and cars to carry a regiment) to proceed at once to this place and assume command. 3 My present command here numbers about 3000 and will be increased to 4000 to-morrow 4 and probably much larger the next day. When I come there was great talk of an attack upon this place and it was represented that there was 8000 rebels within a few miles but I am not ready to credit the report. 5

I have envited Mr. Rollins of Galena to accept a place on my Staff. 6 I wish you would tell Orvil to say to him that I would like to have him come as soon as possible if he accepts the position.

I sent you some money the other day and requested Ford 7 to write to you. Did he do it ? The four gold dollars were thrown in extra for the four children. Bless their hearts I wish I could see them.

I certainly feel very greatful to the people of Ill. for the interest they seem to have taken in me and unasked too. Whilst I was about Springfield I certainly never blew my own trumpet and was not aware that I attracted any attention but it seems from what I have heard from there the people, who were perfect

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