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

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I would further recommend that companies of homeguards be received without any reference to their being organized into regiments. They can be attached to other regiments either by companies or squadrons, and be quite as effective as if in large bodies. 3

U. S. GRANT
Brig. General

Copies, DLC-USG, V, 4, 5, 7, 8; DNA, RG 393, USG Hd. Qrs. Correspondence. O. R., I, iii, 452.

1.
On Aug. 23, 1861, Brig. Gen. John Pope's hd. qrs. wrote to USG. "One hundred thousand rations sent to you this morning." Copy, DNA, RG 393, District of North Mo., Letters Sent.
2.
On Aug. 20, Lt. Col. Benjamin W. Grover, Johnson County, Mo., Home Guards, reported to USG. "The P. R. Road train left California at ½ past 8 Oclk A. M. August 20 densely filled with Home Guards 160 belonging to my Command 70 Home Guards from Tipton and 60 from California. When the train got near Lookout Station a concealled body of men opened a brisk fire, on the Cars, the top of the Cars loaded with our men, who returned the fire As soon as the train stoped, Capt Beck, assisted by Capts. Hopkins and Rice, formed our men in line of skirmeshers and cleand the woods in a very short time." Losses were three killed, five wounded. ALS, ibid., RG 94, War Records Office, Union Battle Re- ports. O. R., I, iii, 140. See also New-York Tribune, Aug. 21, 22, 1861; George S. Grover, "Col. Benjamin Whiteman Grover," Missouri Historical Review, I, 2 (Jan., 1907), 135-36.
3.
USG later explained that rivalry for recruits to fill new regts., with short enlistments offered for inducement, created confusion in Jefferson City which he finally ended. Memoirs, I, 258-59.
To Maj. Moore
Head Quarters, Jeff. City, Mo
August 22d 1861
SIR:

You will relieve all guards now at Osage bridge 1 except those belonging to the Irish Brigade 2 and forward them to join their respective commands.

U. S. GRANT
To Maj. Moore Brig. Gen. Com.
Comd.g Osage Guard

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