hoped that he will [see] his error and not sacrifice the interest of the cause to his ambition to be Senior Brigadier General of Illinois as he contends he is.
In conclusion Mr. Washburn allow me to thank you for the part you have taken in giving me my present position. 4 I think I see your hand in it and admit that I had no personal claims for your kind office in the matter. I can assure you however my whole heart is in the cause which we are fighting for and I pledge myself that if equal to the task before me you shall never have cause to regret the part you have taken.
Your Obt. Svt.
U. S. GRANT
ALS, IHi. See letter of April 27, 1861, note 2.
Sept 4th 1861|
|GENL ORDER NO 3|
By virtue of directions from Head Quarters dept of the west, Cairo will be included in the District of South East Mo. and the undersigned therfore assumes command.
Brigd Genl J. A. McClernand U. S. A being senior officer of this Post will assume command as soon as practicable.
Birds Point and Mound City 1 will be considered as parts of the command at Cairo.