all canteens you may find from a tinshop which is reported to have been working for the rebels.
It is reported that the proprietor of the ferry boat 2 has observed his part of the engagement entered into as far as practicable but there is no doubt that he is deceived daily as to the character of the parties he is crossing, and now so many will want to cross that his boat will be taken possession of if not given freely
U. S. GRANT.
Copies, DNA, RG 393, USG Letters Sent; DLC-USG, V, 1, 2, 3. O. R., II, i, 217. For the results of the expedition, see letter to Capt. Speed Butler, Aug. 28, 1861, note 2.
Head Quarters, Jefferson City, Mo|
August 26th 1861|
The day Orvil 1 arrived here I got a big batch of letters from you the first for a long time. I was surprised to learn that you had not heard from me for so long a time. I have been very particular to write often, and I think a single week has not passed without my writing at least once and generally twice. —Orvil can tell you how busy I have been. Evry night I am kept from 12 O'Clock to 2 in the morning. I stand it first rate however and never enjoyed better health in my life.
I receive a great many letters that I cannot answer and many that I do. Josh Sharp 2 has applied to go on my Staff. He says that he will go on without pay and without position if I will let him go along.