Head Quarters, 21st Ill. V. Militia|
Camp Yates, July 2d 1861|
|COL. T. S. MATHER|
|ADJT. GEN. ILL. STATE TROOPS|
Having neither Surgeon or Assistant Surgeon attached to the regiment under my command I would respectfully request that Surgeon Amassa Blake, and Assistant Surgeon James Maddison, should he pass the prescribed examination, be appointed to fill these positions respectively.
In case of the failure of Dr. Maddison to pass his examination I would recommend Dr. Jas. Hamilton for the latter position.
Your Obt. Svt.
U. S. GRANT
Col. Comd.g 21st Regt. I. V. M.
ALS, deCoppet Collection, NjP. James Madison was serving as asst. surgeon a few weeks later. Quincy Whig, July 19, 1861. On August 11, 1861, USG issued Special Orders No. 18 for Lt. Col. John W. S. Alexander. "You will upon Reciept of this order send Surgeon Blake of your Regt. with his wife to Quincy, and St. Louis for the purpose of bringing all the sick of your Regiment from those Cities to your Camp at this place" Copy, DNA, RG 94, 21st Ill., Order Book.
Camp Allison 1 July 6th 1861
The Col Commanding regrets that it becomes his duty, to notice the fact, that some of the Officers of this command fell out of ranks yesterday, in passing through Jacksonville without authority to do so; and this whilst the rank & file were guarded