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

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To Capt. Speed Butler
Headquarters U. S. Forces
Jefferson City. Mo. August 28. 1861
CAPT. S. BUTLER
ST. Louis, Mo.

I have no special information to impart today except the return of Colonel Worthington from Boonville. 1 His report is enclosed herewith. 2 Prisoners taken will be sent to St. Louis today, with charges accompanying.

A steamer is now just starting, in compliance with your telegraph of yesterday, 3 to capture all means of crossing the river. I would recommend the stoppage of mails west from here, or at least that they be placed under some regulation which would prevent the indiscriminate transmission of news. Captain Taylor's Battery, 4 four pieces, arrived last night.

A copy of charges against Prisoners 5 is also forwarded to the Commanding Officer at St. Louis Arsenal.

U. S. GRANT
Brig. General

Copies, DNA, RG 393, USG Hd. Qrs. Correspondence; DLC-USG, V, 4, 5, 7, 8. O. R., I, iii, 465.

1.
See letter to Col. William H. Worthington, Aug. 26, 1861.
2.
This report has not been located. The results of the expedition were com- municated to the press. "Col. Worthington, of the Iowa Fifth, who went out to Boonville on Sunday evening with about 150 men of his own regiment and nearly as many more of the Home Guard, returned here yesterday evening. He brought with him five prisoners, who will be taken down to St. Louis to-day. Their names are: J. L. Stephens, Conrad Harness, Houx, Kirton and Andrews. No resistance was offered to him by anybody. Besides the prisoners he brought away $2,000 worth of shoes, which the owners (firm of Curtain & Ritchey) had been selling to the enemy, a large lot of stoves and tinware from the store of Andrews and Houx, who had been engaged in making canteens and camp kettles for the enemy, the types and printing material of the Patriot office, also the Boonville ferryboat and eleven skiffs." Letter of "S.," Jefferson City, Aug. 28, 1861, in Missouri Republican, Aug. 29, 1861.
3.
On Aug. 27, Capt. Speed Butler telegraphed to USG. "Seize all Ferry Boats on Missouri within reach, and take them to Jefferson City. Howell's Ferry,

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