[Sept. 24, 1861]
I received a despatch from the Western Dept. Head Quarters several days ago to rlease the Steamer John Gault. I accordingly directed the Surveyor of the Port to release her and think he must have received my note.
U. S. GRANT
Brig. Gen. Com
AES, McClernand Papers, IHi. At the bottom of a Sept. 24, 1861, letter from Brig. Gen. John A. McClernand. "Are you prepared to render your decision in the case of the Steamer John Gault. ? I have received a telegraphic despatch from the captain of the boat wishing to know" LS, ibid. On Sept. 23, USG had written to Charles D. Arter, surveyor of the port of Cairo. "In pursuance of instructions from Head Quarters 'Department of the West' dated Sept 20th 1861, the Steamer Jno Gault is relieved from custody. My understanding is that this also releases her cargo" Copies, DLC-USG, V, 1, 2, 3, 77; DNA, RG 393, USG Letters Sent. See letter to Maj. Gen. John C. Frémont, Sept. 18, 1861.