Head Quarters 21st Inft I. V. M. Camp Yates June 28, 1861. ORDERS No. 18.
On the recommendation of a majority of the Captains of this Regt. the Revd Jas. L. Crane, of Urbana Ills. is appointed chaplain of this Regt. to take effect from this date.
U. S. GRANT Col Comdg
Copy, DNA, RG 94, 21st Ill., Order Book. James L. Crane, of the Methodist Episcopal Church, served as chaplain until Sept. 20, 1861. He later wrote "Grant as a Colonel," McClure's Magazine, VII, 1 (June, 1896), 40-45. Some background on Crane is available in his novel concerning a young Methodist minister, The Two Circuits: A Story of Illinois Life (Chicago, 1878), which, though not autobiographical, draws on his own experiences.
Head Quarters Camp Yates July 1, 1861
ORDERS NO. 19.
Commandants of Companies will immediately make out a Roll of all their sick in Hospital, and such others of their Companies as they deem unable to make the march to Quincy, and report the same at this Office.
Company Commanders, being accountable for the muskets they have received from the State, they will at once with draw such as they have stored with the Regt Qr Mast. and assign them to the best drilled men of their respective companies who they will hold responsible for their safe keeping
U. S. GRANT, Col. Comdg.
Copy, DNA, RG 94, 2 1 st Ill., Order Book. The transfer of the 21st Ill. to Quincy, Ill., had been planned before USG took command. The Chicago Tribune, June 22, 1861, reported that USG would, if permitted, march his men instead of traveling by railroad as the other regts. had done. The Illinois State Journal, July 2, 1861,