The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant: April 1 - August 31, 1862 - Vol. 5

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either in front or rear of some part of the other command. The A A. Genl to Genl McKean made a personal complaint to these Head Quarters to day that frequent firing was kept up, some of the balls having passed through their Camp, but it was not done by persons of this command. Further that violent and abusive language was used by the guilty parties when ordered to desist. As a correction it would be easy for Division Commanders to arrest and punish all violation of orders, no matter whether the offenders belong to their command or not." Copies, ibid. See letter to Brig. Gen. Stephen A. Hurlbut, April 17, 1862.


To Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck

Head Quarters, Army of the Ten
Pittsburg, April 25th 1862.

Respectfully forwarded to Head Quarters of the Dept. I directed this Division at about 8 O'Clock a. m. to be held in readiness to move at a moments warning in any direction it might be ordered. Certainly not later than 11 a. m. the order reached Gen. Wallace to march by a flank movement to Pittsburg Landing. Waiting until I thought he should be here I sent one of my staff to hurry him, and afterwards sent Col. McPherson and my A A. G. This report in some other particulars I do not fully endorse.

U. S. GRANT
Maj. Gen.

AES, DNA, RG 94, War Records Office, Union Battle Reports. O. R., I, x, part 1, 174, 188-89. On April 12, 1862, Maj. Gen. Lewis Wallace sent a lengthy report of the battle of Shiloh to Capt. John A. Rawlins. The portion disputed by USG read: "Hearing heavy and continuous cannonading in the direction of Pittsburg Landing early Sunday morning, I inferred a general battle, and, in anticipation of an order from Gen. Grant to join him at that place, had the equipage of the several brigades loaded in wagons for instant removal to my first camp at the river. The First and Third Brigades were also ordered to concentrate at the camp of the Second, from which proceeded the nearest and most practicable road to the scene of battle. At 11:30 o'clock the anticipated order arrived, directing me to come up and take position on the right of the army, and

my line of battle at a right angle with the river. As it also directed me to leave a force to prevent surprise at Crump's Landing, the 56th Ohio and 68th Ohio regiments were detached for that purpose, with one gun from Lt. Thurber's battery. Selecting a road that led directly to the right of the lines as they were established around Pittsburg Landing

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