To Capt. Speed Butler
Headquarters U. S. Forces|
Jefferson City. Mo. August 28. 1861|
CAPT. S. BUTLER |
ST. Louis, Mo. |
I have no special information to impart today except the
return of Colonel Worthington from Boonville.
1 His report is
2 Prisoners taken will be sent to St. Louis today, with charges accompanying.
A steamer is now just starting, in compliance with your
telegraph of yesterday,
3 to capture all means of crossing the
river. I would recommend the stoppage of mails west from here,
or at least that they be placed under some regulation which
would prevent the indiscriminate transmission of news. Captain
4 four pieces, arrived last night.
A copy of charges against Prisoners
5 is also forwarded to
the Commanding Officer at St. Louis Arsenal.
U. S. GRANT
Copies, DNA, RG 393, USG Hd. Qrs. Correspondence; DLC-USG, V, 4, 5, 7,
8. O. R., I, iii, 465.
See letter to Col. William H. Worthington, Aug. 26, 1861.
This report has not been located. The results of the expedition were com-
municated to the press. "Col. Worthington, of the Iowa Fifth, who went out to
Boonville on Sunday evening with about 150 men of his own regiment and nearly
as many more of the Home Guard, returned here yesterday evening. He brought
with him five prisoners, who will be taken down to St. Louis to-day. Their names
are: J. L. Stephens, Conrad Harness, — Houx, — Kirton and —
Andrews. No resistance was offered to him by anybody. Besides the prisoners he
brought away $2,000 worth of shoes, which the owners (firm of Curtain &
Ritchey) had been selling to the enemy, a large lot of stoves and tinware from the
store of Andrews and Houx, who had been engaged in making canteens and camp
kettles for the enemy, the types and printing material of the Patriot office, also the
Boonville ferryboat and eleven skiffs." Letter of "S.," Jefferson City, Aug. 28,
1861, in Missouri Republican, Aug. 29, 1861.
On Aug. 27, Capt. Speed Butler telegraphed to USG. "Seize all Ferry
Boats on Missouri within reach, and take them to Jefferson City. Howell's Ferry,