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
U. S. GRANT
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 4, 5, 7, 8; DNA, RG 393, USG Hd. Qrs. Correspondence. O. R., I, iii, 452.
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.
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.
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|
You will relieve all guards now at Osage bridge
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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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: 129.
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