Where certificates of election of Comp.y officers do not accompany the Muster Roll they have been sent direct to your office.
Your Obt. Svt.
U. S. GRANT
ALS, Records of 18th Ill., I-ar. In conducting elections for the 9th Congressional District Regt., USG apparently followed the procedure used at Mattoon. See Orders of May 14, 1861. Three capts., James Baird of Pinckneyville, Wilson M. Cooper of Fairfield, and George R. Fitch of Edwards County, were appointed judges, and two clerks were also appointed. On May 20, 1861, all five swore to perform their duties "according to Law and the best of our abilities," and USG witnessed their signatures. DS, Records of 18th Ill., I-ar. The judges later reported that Michael K. Lawler of Gallatin County had been elected col. with 624 votes to 304 for his opponent, Stephen G. Hicks; Thomas H. Burgess of Du Quoin was elected lt. col. with 684 votes to 244 for T. M. Heite; Samuel Eaton was elected maj. with 211 votes in a field of six. Ibid.
May 24th 1861|
|COL. L. THOMAS,|
|ADJT. GEN. U. S. A.|
|WASHINGTON D. C.|
Having served for fifteen years in the regular army, including four years at West Point, and feeling it the duty of evry one who has been educated at the Government expense to offer their services for the support of that Government, I have the honor, very respectfully, to tender my services, until the close of the War, in such capacity as may be offered. I would say that in view of my present age, and length of service, I feel myself competant to command a Regiment if the President, in his judgement, should see fit to entrust one to me. 2