Transcription of a letter from Colonel John B. Sanborn of the 4th Minnesota Regiment to Governor Ramsey reporting the Regiment’s arrival in St. Louis.
“Head Quarters 4th [Reg. Minn. Vols.] Benton Barracks Mo.
April 25th 1862
Alex. Ramsey, Governor etc. Minnesota
Sir I have the honor to report that I have moved all the troops specified in general order No.s one and two from the Adjutant General’s office as directed in those orders, and have reported my command at Saint Louis – as therein directed. I arrived on the night of the 24th. The health of the regiment is good, No accident occurred coming down
We are another of the [best] Regiments that has been in the service. We are praised and flattered by every tongue, military men included. The men I find do not object to this.
We are making every effort to get rifle muskets and all our transportation so that we can move at once. I think we will be prepared to move by tomorrow or next day.
One of Keelton’s[*] Aid[e]s-de-Camp told me he thought we would not stay here long. I should be glad to hear from you soon.
[Your] Obt Servt
John B. Sanborn Col. Comd 4th Regt. Minn Vols
*Probably Captain J. C. Kelton”
Citation: April 25, 1862 Letter from Colonel Sanborn, Letters Received–4th Regiment. Minnesota: Governor: Ramsey. Records. Minnesota Historical Society. State Archives. Minnesota Historical Society.