appointed officers reached such proportions that the entire regt. was disbanded. Co. H, commanded by Capt. Robert D. Noleman of Centralia, and Co. I, commanded by Capt. Orlando Burrell of Alton (organized in White County with the intention of serving with the 18th Ill. ), had been under USG's command when the rest of the regt. was captured and not involved in the organizational disputes. They were, however, mustered out with the remainder of the regt. on July 5, 1862. Ill. AG Report, VII, 485.
Head Quarters, Dist of West. Tenn.
Memphis, Tenn, June 25th 1862.
GENL B H GRIERSON
6TH ILLS. CAVALRY.
Get all your available force in readiness to march immediately with the wagon train now about leaving going East. Rations and forage for one day will be taken.
Encamp with the train to-night and return tomorrow. If in your judgment it should prove advisable you may accompany the train a few miles, or as far as necessary tomorrow.
Your Obt Servant,
U. S. GRANT.
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 1, 2, 3, 86; DNA, RG 393, USG Letters Sent. Benjamin H. Grierson, born in Pittsburgh, Pa., in 1826, taught music in Youngstown, Ohio, and Jacksonville, Ill., and was a merchant at Meredosia, Ill. He was appointed maj., 6th Ill. Cav., on Oct. 24, 1861, and col. on April 12, 1862.