Reprinted in Frank Moore, ed., The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, with Documents, Narratives, Illustrative Incidents, Poetry, Etc. (New York: G.P.Putnam, 1861), III: 285-286.
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Head-Quarters District S.E. Mo.,
Cairo, November 8,1861.
The General commanding this military district returns his thanks to the troops under his command at the battle of Belmont on yesterday.
It has been his fortune to have been in all the battles fought in Mexico by Generals Scott and Taylor save Buena Vista, and he never saw one more hotly contested or where troops behaved with more gallantry.
Such courage will insure victory wherever our flag may be borne and protected by such a class of men.
To the brave men who fell the sympathy of the country is due, and will be manifested in a manner unmistakable.
U. S. Grant,