Thanks for sharing your knowledge of Audrain County during the Civil War and supplying a timeframe for Gen. Grant's presence in Mexico. That helps a lot.
I have a copy of a short article that appeared in the March 24, 1910 edition of the Mexico Intelligencer in which my great-great grandfather, Jame E. Green recounted his brief encounter with Col. Grant. Briefly, it reads as follows (for those who might be interested):
"James E. Green, an old resident of this vicinity...called this office and verified the story of Grant having occupied a big tent as his headquarters while the troops were encamped on the 'common' in west Mexico. He said the tent was pitched on a spot near where the Christian Church now stands, perhaps on the government lot.
Mr. Green (at the time) was impressed by the soldiers to haul sand and while thus engaged, Col. Grant noticed that his horses were unshod. Col. Grant gave orders to have Mr. Green's team taken to the blacksmith shop in the camp where they were shod."
You referred to your source as the "Audrain Centennial History"; do you know when and where it was published? Is it still in print? I will be in Audrain County for a short visit in two weeks and would love to pickup a copy.
Again, thanks for your help.
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