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

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To Col. Michael K. Lawler
Head Quarters Dist S. E. Mo
Cairo Sept 9th 1861
COL

It is of the last importance that the Gun Boats now being built at Mound City 1 should be well protected. To attain that end at least one company must be specially detailed each night as a Guard exclusively for those Boats.

The officers of the company so detailed will be a part of the Guard and must stay with it

This detail will only be for night duty

By Order
U. S. GRANT
Brig Genl Comdg
To Col Lawler
Comdg 18th Ill Vol

Copies, DLC-USG, V, 1, 2, 3, 77; DNA, RG 393, USG Letters Sent. Col. Michael K. Lawler, 18th Ill. See letters of May 21, 22, 1861.

1.
Three of the seven gunboats which James B. Eads of St. Louis was build- ing for the War Dept. were under construction at Mound City: the Cairo, Cincinnati, and Mound City. A. T. Mahan, The Gulf and Inland Waters (New York, 1883), pp. 12-15; O. R. (Navy), I, xxii, 386-87.
To Lt. S. Ledyard Phelps
Head Quarters Dist S. E. Mo
Cairo Sept 9th 1861
SIR

I understand Norfolk is being marched upon by troops on the Mo side also that the Gun Boat Lexington will likely be at

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