I would advise very summary punishment for this offence and if it cannot be reached any other way arrest the regimental commanders who do not prevent it.
It is within the power of regimental Comd[rs] enforcing orders but not so easy with Div. Comdrs. without the cooperation of those under them.
I am Gen very respectfully
your obt. svt.
U. S. GRANT
Maj. Gen Com.
P. S. Four men have been wounded this morning in Gen. Shermans camp by firing from the 1st Div.
U. S. G.
ALS, McClernand Papers, IHi. In an undated letter, Maj. Gen. John A. McClernand replied to USG. "The complaint made 'of promiscuous firing by men of your (my) Division by which several men have already been shot,' is without foundation.On the contrary the men of my division, with the rarest exceptions, have fired under orders. I cannot say so much for all others. You are probably aware of the order I have published on this subject. I shall limit firing according to its terms, but to that extent it will be necessary to permit it— the men having no ball-screws, and firing being the only mode of preserving the efficiency of their guns. The men under my command will not take alarm at the proper and harmless discharge of arms, for the purpose I have named, and I trust that my neighbors will not suffer inconvenience from it. I repeat the denial that any have been thus killed by any of my men. I claim that my command has been exemplary in this respect, and expect them to remain so." ADf (in Maj. Mason Brayman's hand), ibid. This letter is erroneously entered as April 8, 1862, in McClernand's Register of Letters, ibid.
Head Quarters, Dist of West Tenn
Pittsburgh, April 10th 1862.
MAJOR. GEN. D. C. BUELL,
In the emergency of Sunday an order was sent to Gen. Thomas 1 of your command to leave his transportation to follow
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Publication information: Book title: The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant: April 1 - August 31, 1862. Volume: 5. Contributors: John Y. Simon - Editor, Ulysses S. Grant - Author. Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press. Place of publication: Carbondale, IL. Publication year: 1973. Page number: 38.
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