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

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order direct to you and a copy of it to Genl McClernand that he might have early information of the movement. In reference to Col Waagners position, he is chief of all the artillery at this Post including Cairo Birds Point Fort Holt & Norfolk and his authority over it is similar to that of a Colonel over his Regiment. The portion of the artillery at any point is under the command of the commanding officer at such point and all orders should be communicated through him. The order given by Col Waagner was certainly irregular but was done in consequence of his knowledge that the order was about to be made by General Grant" Copies, DLC‐ USG, V, 1, 2, 3, 77; DNA, RG 393, USG Letters Sent.

To John A. Kasson
Head Quarters, Cairo Ill.
September 13th 1861
HON J. A. KASSON
1ST ASST. P. M. GEN.
WASHINGTON D. C.
SIR;

Permit me to recommend to you for the position of Mail Agent between Evansville Indiana and this place the name of O. H. Ross. 1

Mr. Ross is entirely capable and will no doubt give entire satisfaction to the Department should he be appointed. He is now performing the services from here to Paducah Ky. 2 and probably without a prospect of any compensation.

Respectfully
Your Obt. Svt.
U. S. GRANT
Brig. Gen. Com.

ALS, PHi. John A. Kasson, Iowa Republican politician, had been appointed 1st asst. postmaster-general by President Abraham Lincoln.

1.
Orlando H. Ross. See letter to Julia Dent Grant, June 27, 1861, note 1.
2.
On Sept. 13, 1861, USG appointed Ross by order. "O. H. Ross is hereby appointed mail agent between Cairo and Paducah until such time as Government may establish a regular mail on said route, or during the continuance of the service being performed by Government boats under military authority, unless removed by proper authority." O. R., I, lii, Part 1, 190.

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