Benjamin M. Prentiss to Richard Yates

Title

Benjamin M. Prentiss to Richard Yates

Publisher

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

Date

1861-06-05

Rights

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum holds all rights and permissions.

Language

en

Identifier

500359

Transcription

Head Quarters 1st Brigade

Ills Vol. at Camp Defiance June 5th 61

Govr Yates

Captn Mitchell informs me that the Steamer City of Alton is in the employ of the State of Illinois, of this I have not recd notice otherwise and have suggested to the Captn that he had better confer with you further

I am of the opinion that Government should have a similar Boat to this and have so informed the Captn. but not having recd much advise from the Powers that be - I dislike to assume to hold her in service but will do any thing in my Power to obtain her and release the State.

I have heard you have instructions from Washington. Let me assure you that Illinois Troops are not attended as they should be - we are in need of Accoutrements better arms some money, and more uniforms and Transports we seem to be considered at an Out of the way place. No attention given to our demands and still we - are in good humor - but will commence fault-finding tomorrow, will you see that more attention is given this Command get Govnt. to take more interest.

This Steam Boat ought to remain here

Yours B M Prentiss

Brig Genl


B. Prentiss as to Steamer "City of Alton"

"File papers on the subject of this Steamer in the cover"

Status

Complete

Percent Completed

100

Weight

20

Original Format

2

Citation

“Benjamin M. Prentiss to Richard Yates,” Chronicling Illinois, accessed July 16, 2019, http://alplm-cdi.com/chroniclingillinois/items/show/1334.