most strictly. This being the first offence is overlooked, but in future no Excuse will be recieved
U. S. GRANT Col Comdg
Copy, DNA, RG 94, 21st Ill., Order Book. This order may also have reflected USG's experience the previous day with a citizen of Jacksonville, Ill., who attempted to sell liquor to the troops. "Having got Mingle's light wagon, he loaded it with full jugs and started out to camp, about seven miles west of town. On his arrival he pulled off his coat and arranged his stock for doing business. Col. Grant, however, having out his scouting parties, our speculator was duly reported at head quarters, whereupon the Col. ordered the confiscation of the jugs and the speedy retreat of the owner, giving him one minute to 'hitch up' and make tracks, all of which he did in double-quick time, not even taking the trouble to pick up his coat, but leaving it as a trophy in the hands of the victors." Jacksonville Journal, July 11, 1861.
July 7th 1861|
We are now laying in camp on the Illinois river spending sunday and will leave to-morrow on our way to Quincy. Up to this time my regiment have made their marches as well as troops ever do and the men have been very orderly. There have been a few men who show a dispositionnot to respect private property such as hen roosts and gardens, but I have kept such a watch on them, and punished offenders so, that I will venture that the same number of troops never marched through a thickly settled country like this committing fewer depridations. Fred. enjoys it hugely. Our Lieut. Col. 1 was left behind and I am riding his horse so that Fred. has Rondy to ride. The Soldiers and officers call him Colonel and he seems to be quite a favorite.