June 24 1862, Wrote Gen. Halleck, “I arrived here yesterday afternoon after a warm ride of three days, coming through from La Grange with an escort of 12 men. The entire road is in good order and a very fine one.
“Affairs in this city seem to be in rather bad order, secessionists governing much in their own way. I have appointed Colonel Webster commander of the post; Lieutenant-Colonel Anthony, Twenty-third Indiana Volunteers, provost-marshal for the city, and Colonel Hillyer provost-marshal-general. In a few days I expect to have everything in good order.
“I inclose you herewith report of J. A. Duble, of gunboat Conestoga, relative to the disaster of the Mound City. The prisoners spoken of are now here, and such disposition will be made of them as you may direct. I have not been here along enough to determine the practicability of furnishing General Curtis by the way of White River; but on consultation with Captain Phelps, of the Navy, I think it can be done by preparing two light-draught steamers so that the boilers would be proof against musketry, and arming them with two howitzers on the bows. An infantry escort would have to accompany each boat, ready to take the shore and march past threatened points.
“On my arrival General Wallace applies for a leave of absence. I granted it to the extent of my authority, the command being left with General Hovey, who is fully qualified to fill the place of the former commander.”
The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 5, p 149-50
O.R., I, xvii, part 2, 29-30