According to Augustus L. Chetlain, USG had visited St. Louis hoping to secure military employment through Lyon. Recollections of Seventy Years ( Galena, 1899), p. 76; "Recollections of General U. S. Grant, 1861-1863," Military Essays and Recollections (Chicago, 1891-1907), I, 15-16.
Regt 7th Consl Dist|
May 14th 1861|
An Election for one Colonel one Lieutenat Colonl and one Major for the 7th Congressional District Regiment of Illinois Volunteers Militia will take place at this camp to-morrow the 15thof May commencing at 1 o clock P. M. The Election will be by ballot each ballot bearing the names of Candidates for Colonel Lieutenant and Major. Capts J Love J E Calloway and J. P. H. Stevenson are appointed Judges of Election. The will cause Poll Lists to be opened and appoint necessary clerks. The Election will be held at the Officers Quarters
U. S. GRANT
Acting Mustering Officer