July 20 1861 Received orders yesterday from Gen. Hurlbut

July 20 1861 Received orders yesterday from Gen. Hurlbut.  “Col. Grant 21st Regt Ills will with his entire Regt. take train of [North Missouri R.R.] and proceed at 4 A.M. tomorrow 20th to Mexico to the aid of Col. Morgan L Smith, and effect a junction with his force and afterwards report to Brig. Gen. Pope …”

“In taking leave of the Regt which now probably leaves his command, he desires to render his thanks for orderly and Soldier-like deportment which has given the Regiment a most desirable reputation — no complaint has been made to any Citizen against the 21st Regt. and their Obedience to all Orders and promptness of movement are the best evidence of the attention of the Officers.”

National Archives Record Group 94 “21st Ill. Order Book”

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