Head Quarters, Dist. of West Ten.
Corinth, August 2d 1862
BRIG. GEN. W. S. ROSECRANS,
COMD. G ARMY OF THE MISS.
The owners of this property give some evidence of loyalty to the Government, but whether loyal or not the act of these troops is illegal and must be punished by a stopage of the amount of this bill, either for the benefit of Government or the owners on proof of loyalty.
I would suggest that these regiment[s] be not allowed to receive their pay until this amount is collected for the benefit of whom it may concern.
your obt. svt.
U. S. GRANT
Maj. Gen. Com
ALS, IHi. On July 7, 1862, Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck, Corinth, wrote to Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton that the march of Kan. troops through the Dept. of the Miss. had "been marked by robbery, theft, pillage & outrages upon the peaceful inhabitants." ALS, DNA, RG 94, Letters Received. O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 77. On June 26, Col. George M. Dietzler, 1st Kan., Trenton, Tenn., wrote to Brig. Gen. Isaac F. Quinby of bitter complaints from the people of the area against units of the brigade of Brig. Gen. Robert B. Mitchell for stealing horses and Negroes "from union and disloyal citizens indiscriminately." Copy, DNA, RG 94, Letters Received. O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 34-35. See also ibid., pp. 53-54, 66-67; DNA, RG 109, Union Provost Marshals' Files Relating to Two or More Civilians, 1585, 1589, 1590. On Aug. 21, Brig. Gen. William S. Rosecrans telegraphed to USG. "I have read Genl Mitchell's statement about the complicity of the 7th & 8th Kansas in taking the tobacco & sugar at Trenton Tenn I think it plain, he has informed me that they ought to be exempted from the operation of the order & allowed to receive their pay & that the 2d III Cavalry ought to suffer for it if you approve please order paymaster to pay those troops" Telegram received, ibid., RG 393, Dept. of the Mo., Telegrams Received. The
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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: 260.
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