1861, Capt. William S. Hillyer wrote to Brig. Gen. Eleazer A. Paine. "I am instructed by Gen Grant who has left for Cape Girardeau to add to the foregoing the additional instruction that should you apprehend an attack from the enemy, you willseize all the money in the banks, assuring the citizens that it is done for the purpose of of securing the deposits of the Union men as well as to guard against its falling into the hands of the enemy—You will then place it on one of the gun boats for safe keeping—" Copies, DLC-USG, V, 1, 2, 3, 77; DNA, RG 94, War Records Office, Union Battle Reports; ibid., RG 393, USG Letters Sent. O. R., I, iv, 198.
Head Quarters Dist S. E. Mo|
Cairo Sept 6th 1861|
Without leaving the steamer you are now on, you will proceed at once to Paducah Ky and there report to Brig Gen Paine now in comman[d] at that place for duty
I have selected your regiment and yourself for thatpost deeming it of the utmost importance to have troops and commander that can be expected to do good service
|U. S. GRANT|
|Brig Gen Com'g|
|To Col M. L. Smith|
|Comg 8th Regt Mo Vol|
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 1, 2, 3, 77; DNA, RG 94, War Records Office, Union Battle Reports; ibid., RG 393, USG Letters Sent. O. R., I, iv, 198.