contract to take date from the time said steamer was seized by Col Marshs order. Place your endorsement upon the contract and forward to me for action.
|U S GRANT|
|Brg Genl Comdg|
|To Col John Cook|
|Comdg U S Forces|
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 1, 2, 3, 77; DNA, RG 393, USG Letters Sent. On Sept. 26, 1861, Capt. John A. Rawlins had written to Col. John Cook. "You are hereby authorized to employ A. S Lightner as Pilot and to command 'Ferry Transport Luella' at Cape Girardeau Subject to appoval of Major General John. C. Fremont Commanding Dept of the West" Copies, DLC-USG, V, 2, 77; DNA, RG 393, USG Letters Sent. On Oct. 1, Col. Joseph B. Plummer wrote to USG. "I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your communication of the 28th Ultimo, Addressed to Col John Cook, my predecessor in Command, and turned over by him to me, directing a contract to be made for hire of Steamer 'Luella' I sent for the owner of the Boat, and directed my Quartermaster to make a contract with him. I herewith enclose a communication of the former in regard to his action in the matter which I have approved I would remark that I consider the demmand of Mr Vancil Exhorbitant and that eight or ten dollars a day is ample remuneration for the use of this Boat I have given Mr Vancil permission to visit Cairo to see you upon the subject" Copy, ibid., Post of Cape Girardeau, Letters Sent. See letter to Capt. Chauncey McKeever, Oct. 4, 1861.
Cairo Sept 29th/1861
JNO T FIALA,
I have not got a company of sappers & Miners here.
U. S. GRANT.
Telegram, copies, DNA, RG 393, Western Dept., Telegrams; DLC-USG, VIA, 1. John T. Fiala, born in Hungary, served as It. col., 2nd Mo. Reserve Corps, May 7—Aug. 16, 1861, and on Sept. 20 was appointed topographical engineer with the rank of col. on the staff of Maj. Gen. John C. Frémont. As Frémont left