today, the report of troops marching from chattanooga or Rome to Tupelo seems to me altogether improbable" Telegram received, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Mo., Telegrams Received; copy, ibid., Dept. of the Ohio, Telegrams Sent. O. R., I, xvi, part 2, 333. On Aug. 14, Capt. W. Willard Smith telegraphed to USG. "There was a number of bulls in the letter telegraphed from Buell as soon as I can get it repeated I will forward to you." Telegram received, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Mo., Telegram Received.
August 15th 1862
HON. RICHARD YATES
Gov. OF ILLINOIS.
In the large increase of forces now being put in the field allow me to recommend Capt. H. C. Freeman, 1 Aid to Gen. McClernan and Engineer officer to his command, as a suitable person for an appointment to a Field officer.
The regiment that gets him will be fortunate in having the services of an able and efficient officer of one years valuable and conspicuous service against this rebellion.
I recommend Capt. Freeman, a citizen of Southern Illinois, without fear of his future course disappointing me, or yourself, should you act favorably on this recommendation.
I am Governor very respectfully
your obt. svt.
U. S. GRANT
ALS (facsimile), Yates Papers, IHi.