April 29th, 1861.
To HIS EXCELLENCY RICHARD YATES,
GOVERNOR AND COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF, ILLINOIS
SIR: In compliance with your request, I have visited the State Armory and made careful examination of all the muskets now in possession of the State authorities, and beg leave to report:
Making, altogether, nine hundred and five (905) pieces.
The muskets are the old army pattern changed from the flint lock, are in good order, but need cleaning. I do not know as to the practicability of rifling them, and have not a correct idea of their value.
Respectfully, your obedient servant,
U. S. GRANT.
Journal of the House of Representatives of the Twenty-Second General Assembly of the State of Illinois at their Second Session, Begun and Held at Springfield, April 23, 1861 (Springfield, 1861), p. 62. On April 29, 1861, Governor Richard Yates wrote to Speaker of the House Shelby M. Cullom. "In compliance with the resolution of the House of Representatives of this day requesting this Depart