of Cavalry. They have never been so near us before. It means nothing more than
an effort to catch our Cavalry Companies scouting the country about Hunters
farm. We were not troubled by the Jeff Davis last night, although she was in two
miles of us apart of the time" ALS, DNA, RG 94, War Records Office, Union
Battle Reports. O. R., I, iii, 198.
On Sept. 25, Col. C. Carroll Marsh wrote to Capt. John A. Rawlins. "I
have to report that 1st Lieutenant J W. Campion of Company 'B' 20th Reg Ill
Vols. also was sent in charge of his company to protect the 'Burnt Bridge' on the
Charleston R. R. did in excess of his orders leave his company at the Bridge, and
with privates Albert H. Rowan and Henry C Manker go to Charleston where he
remained for some two hours or more was spending most of the time (as I am
informed) in conversation with a lady, and until he was overhauled by some thirty
of the rebel cavalry and with the privates above mentioned taken prisoners. His
conduct in leaving his Post is so unwarrantable that I feel authorized to request
that his name be dropped from the roll of commissioned officers. Should an op-
portunity soon occur for an exchange of prisoners, I reccommend to your attention
privates Rowan and Manker who are both good soldiers—" Copy, DLC-USG,
VIA, 1. 1st Lt. John W. Champion, Co. C, 20th Ill., was released on Oct. 23, and
resigned on Nov. 10, 1861. O. R., II, i, 513.
On Sept. 25, Rawlins wrote to Lt. Col. Enos P. Wood, 17th Ill. "You
will make a reconnoisance tomorrow towards Elliotts Mills and beyon if found
practicable. Learn all you can of the movements and position of the enemy but
avoid being led into ambush. Take two leading secessionists from the neighbor-
hood of Elliotts Mills prisoners to be held as hostages for the safety of Wm
Mercer a union man and Kentuckyian taken by the invaders of his state and carried
to Columbus or elsewhere as a prisoner." Copies, DLC-USG, V, 1, 2, 3, 77; DNA,
RG 393, USG Letters Sent. O. R., I, iii, 506-7; ibid., II, i, 511.
To Brig. Gen. John A. McClernand
Head Quarters, Dist. S. E. Mo.|
Cairo, Sept. 26th 1861|
I have caused the arrest, and confinement, of three citizens
of Blandville by the names of Blak, Corbett and Vaughan. The
two latter are held as hostages for the safety and return of a Mr.
Mercer, a Union man and citizen of Ky. who was arrested by the
rebels and carried into Columbus a few days since.
The former I propose sending to St. Louis charged with
recruiting a company for the southern army. Witnesses, Sergeant
Questia, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning. www.questia.com
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: 316.
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