“I would again report … the almost certain disloyalty of the entire boating interest plying between St. Louis and this place”.

Nov 25 1861 Wrote Capt. McMichael, “Last evening a party of prisoners taken at Camp Jackson arrived here on the Steamer Platte Valley.  I had them detained on the Steamer until this morning when they were put aboard one of the ferries and landed at Norfolk, Mo. about five miles below.

“These prisoners are coming in squads from day to day and necessarily keep the enemy well informed of all movements it is possible for the community at large to know, as well as the secret plottings of the enemy in our midst.

“I would again report to the Comdg. officer of this Department the almost certain disloyalty of the entire boating interest plying between St. Louis and this place.  I am informed that the owners of the Packets complained of are generally enemies to the Government and their acts prove conclusively that the crews employed are.”

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 3, p 220

O.R., II, i, 117

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