Soldiers, fit for duty without any unnessary means being pursued by him to make them such.
U. S. GRANT Col. Condg
Copy, DNA, RG 94, 21st Ill., Order Book.
BY TELEGRAPH FROM Quincy [July] 11 1861
To GEN J POPE
Palmer 1 has moved on Palmyra 2 with his Regiment, one company of mine, & company of cavelry. 3 One company of my regiment guards a bridge four miles west. 4 Will move along the road commencing about ten 10 tomorrow with the balance.
U S GRANT
Col 21st I V
Telegram received (punctuation added), DNA, RG 94, 21st Ill. On July 4, 1861, Brig. Gen. John Pope was ordered to assume command of the troops at Alton, Ill. O. R., I, iii, 390. See letter of April 27, 1861, note 6.
On July 9, USG had taken his regt. to the Illinois River to await a steamer to St. Louis. See Orders No. 23, July 9, 1861, note 2. The steamer stuck on a sandbar before reaching the 21st Ill., and new orders were received on July 10 ordering the regt. to proceed to Quincy, Ill., by railroad. On July 10, Pope wrote to USG. "Immediately upon your arrival at Quincy Ills you will move your Regiment to Palmyra Missouri and from thence to points on or near the line of Hannibal & St Jo R. R. directed by Col R F Smith or the Officer of his Regiment in command and dispose your command in such a manner as will Effectualy reinforce and sustain him in his present position or any that may hereafter be taken by him— Untill you are relieved from such Service or ordered to return to Quincy and proceed from there to St. Louis as heretofore directed as far as practicable, considering the Nature of Service & you will prevent a the dividing of you Regiment into small detachments, but hold it for the execution of above order alluded to Capt. John Rurnap is ordered to report his company the Yates Draggoons to you and and you are hereby commissioned to attach the same to your command during this Expidition and issue directly such Orders as you may Deem best" Copy, DNA, RG 94, 21st Ill., Order Book. Virtually the same orders were sent from Pope's hd. qrs. in Chicago to USG on July 11, probably by telegraph. "General Pope orders that you go with your regiment to relieve Colonel Smith, on H. and St Joe R. R. and that you issue orders to Capt Burnap who is to report to you.