Pittsburgh Landing, Tenn
April 25th 1862
MAJ GENL H W. HALLECK
COMMANDING DEPT OF THE MISS
I would be most happy to correct any abuses that take place within my command, if Genl Buell or any of his Division Commanders would call my attention to them, without refering these matters to General Head Quarters. In the case referred to to-day, and which is herewith returned endorsed, the same complaint was made to me against troops of Genl Buells command. The Communication of Genl Nelson does not seem to charge this violation upon my command, but simply that the violaters do not belong to his own Division. I have not a doubt but that every Division Commander here uses every exertion to prevent firing, and that all flatter themselves that so far as the order against it goes, it is implicitly obeyed within their respective Commands.
I am Genl Very Respectfully
Your Obt Servt
U. S. GRANT
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 4, 5, 7, 8, 88 ; DNA, RG 393, USG Hd. Qrs. Correspondence. On April 25, 1862, Brig. Gen. William Nelson wrote to Col. James B. Fry, chief of staff for Maj. Gen. Don Carlos Buell. "A regular skirmishing fire is opened every morning in front of my line, and has now been going on for 30 minutes. It is utterly impossible for me to tell whether my pickets are attacked or not. The order relative to firing is wholly disregarded by the people who do this (they are not of my Division)— I have to say that this thing is simply intolerable, and I report it." Copies, DLC-USG, V, 88; DNA, RG 393, District of West Tenn., Letters Received. On the same day, Buell endorsed the letter. "Respectfully referred to Genl Head Quarters. The firing is by the troops belonging to General Grants force, encamped in the midst of mine." Copies, ibid. Also on the same day, USG endorsed the letter. "I have no troops encamped in the midst of Genl Buell. Genl McKean's Divisionmoved to the position assigned it, but a portion of the troops under Genl Buells have gone to the front and are now occupying most of the line from Owl to Lick Creeks making it impossible for me to encamp all of my force without occupying, with a portion of them, a position
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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: 67.
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