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

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To Brig. Gen. Lorenzo Thomas

FROM Corinth [July] 27. [1862]

To L. THOMAS. A. G.
GENL

There are 3 or 4 officers of rank to whom a short leave seems indispensable May I grant them ?

U S GRANT
MG

Telegram received, DNA, RG 94, Letters Received; copy, ibid., RG 107, Telegrams Received (Bound, Press). On July 29, 1862, Brig. Gen. Lorenzo Thomas telegraphed to USG. "Your request of the 28th inst, in regard to certain leaves of absence, is approved." Copies, ibid., Telegrams Collected (Unbound); DLC‐ USG, V, 93.

On July 24, Col. Thomas F. Perley, medical inspector gen., wrote to USG that through a misunderstanding of AGO General Orders No. 61, officers who needed leave for health reasons had been forced to remain with the army, and that refusal to grant furloughs to soldiers endangered their health and caused overcrowding of hospitals. ALS, DNA, RG 393, District of West Tenn., Letters Received. On the same day, Perley submitted a report of conditions among recently arrived sick troops, whom he considered neglected. ADS (2), ibid. By AGO General Orders No. 61, June 7, only the secretary of war could grant leaves of absence to officers except when "necessary to save life, or prevent permanent disability." On July 24, Maj. Gen. Edward O. C. Ord wrote to USG complaining that since Medical Director Charles McDougall had refused to attend to the examination of disabled soldiers, they could not be granted passes. Copy, ibid., 16th Army Corps, Post of Corinth, Letters Sent.

On July 30, USG telegraphed to Brig. Gen. William S. Rosecrans. "I have authority from Washington to give Genl Stanley, the ten days leave he wants, when you think his services can be spared" Copy, ibid., Army of the Miss., Telegrams Received. On the same day, Rosecrans telegraphed to USG. "I think it best to spare Genl Stanley at once—I think his purpose is Executed will be benificial to the service" Telegram received, ibid., Dept. of the Mo., Telegrams Received. O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 139.

On July 30, Maj. John A. Rawlins issued Special Orders No. 148 granting leave to four officers, including Brig. Gen. David S. Stanley. Copies, DLC-USG, V, 15, 16, 82, 87; DNA, RG 393, USG Special Orders.

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