July 17 1861 Advanced on Col. Harris’ reported location at Florida

July 17 1861 Advanced on Col. Harris’ reported location at Florida. “Harris had been encamped in a creek bottom for the sake of being near water. The hills on either side of the creek extend to a considerable height, possibly more than a hundred feet. As we approached the brow of the hill from which it was expected we could see Harris’ camp, and possibly find his men ready formed to meet us, my heart kept getting higher and higher until it felt to me as though it was in my throat. I would have given anything then to have been back in Illinois, but I had not the moral courage to halt and consider what to do; I kept right on. When we reached a point from which the valley below was in full view I halted. The place where Harris had been encamped a few days before was still there and the marks of a recent encampment were plainly visible, but the troops were gone. My heart resumed its place. It occurred to me at once that Harris had been as much afraid of me as I had been of him.”

Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant p 164

July 16 1861 “I am now fitting out teams to start from this point to Florida”

July 16 1861 Wrote Brig. Gen. Stephen A Hurlbut “I am now fitting out teams to start from this point to Florida, where it was said [Mo State Guard General] Harris has his encampment, and after breaking him up will return to this point where I shall leave most of my camp equipage under a sufficient guard.”

“From the best evidence that can be obtained here, Harris’ command is not likely to be found at Florida, nor at any other point where a regiment of Federal troops are together.”

Papers of Ulysses S Grant vol. 2 p 71

July 14 1861 Wrote Julia “Secessionists are thick through this part of Missouri”

July 14 1861 Wrote Julia “Secessionists are thick through this part of Missouri, but so far they show themselves very scared about attacking.  Their depredations are confined more to burning R. R. bridges, tearing up the track and where they can, surrounding small parties of Union troops.  I came here to release Col. Smith who was surrounded, but he effected his release too soon for me to assist him.  Yesterday I went as far out as Palmyra and stationed my Regt. along at different points for the protection of the road.  Tomorrow I will be relieved by Col. Terchin and will start for Monroe.”

July 13 1861 Wrote father “I assure you my heart is in the cause I have espoused”

July 13 1861 Wrote to my father “I will try to keep you posted from time to time, by writing either to you or Mary, of my whereabouts and what I am doing.  I hope you will have only a good account of me and the command under my charge.  I assure you my heart is in the cause I have espoused, and however I may have disliked party Republicanism there has never been a day that I would not have taken up arms for a Constitutional Administration.”

Papers of Ulysses S Grant vol 2 p 67

July 9 1861 “The Col deems it his duty … to return his thanks to the Officers and men

July 9 1861 “The Col commanding this Regiment, deems it his duty at this period of the march to return his thanks to the Officers and men composing the command on their general Obedience and Military discipline.  Having for a Period of years been accustomed to strict military duties and discipline he deems it not inappropriate at this time to make a most favorable comparison of this command with that of veteran troops in point of Soldierly bearing, general good Order, and cheerful execution of commands.”

The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant vol 2 p 62

July 7 1861 Wrote Julia “From Springfield here is one of the most beautiful countries in the world.”

July 7 1861 Wrote Julia “From Springfield here is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. It is all settled and highly improved.  It is all of it the district of the State that sends so much fine stock to St. Louis fair.”

“It will be at least two weeks before my regt. can be of much service and a month before it can do good service.  It was in a terribly disorganized state when I took it but a very great change has taken place.  Evry one says so and to me it is very observable.  I dont believe there is a more orderly set of troops now in the volunteer service.  I have been very strict with them and the men seem to like it.  They appreciate that it is all for their own benefit.”

Papers of Ulysses S Grant vol. 2 p 60