Nov 22 1861 Wrote Capt. Kelton, “I have frequently reported to the Western Department that the line of Steamers plying between St. Louis and Cairo, by landing at points on the Missouri shore were enabled to afford aid and comfort to the enemy.
“I have been reliably informed that some of the officers, particularly the clerks, of these Boats were regularly in the employ of the Southern Confederacy, so called.
“The case of the Platte Valley, a few days since, confirms me in this belief.
“I have heretofore recommended that all the carrying trade between here and St. Louis, be performed by the Government charging uniform rates. I would respectfully renew the suggestion, and in consideration of the special disloyalty of South East Missouri I would further recommend that all commerce be cut off from all points south of Cape Girardeau.
“There is not a sufficiency of Union sentiment left in this portion of the state to save Sodom.
“This is shown from the fact that Jeff Thompson, or any of the Rebels, can go into Charleston and spend hours or encamp for the night, on their way north to depridate upon Union men, and not one loyalist is found to report the fact to our Picket, stationed but one and a half miles off.”
The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 3 p 211-2
O.R., I, viii, 373-4