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

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and their crops and stock taken, for the benefit of the Government, or the use of the Army. All property taken from rebel owners, must be duly reported and use for the benefit of the Government, and be issued to the troops through the proper Depts, and when practicable the act of taking should be avowed by the written certificate of the Officer taking, to the owner or agent of such property. It is enjoined on all Commanders to see that this order is executed strictly under their own directions. The demoralization of troops consequent upon being left to exe- cute laws in their own way without a proper head, must be avoided." Copies, DLC-USG, V, 12, 13, 14, 95; (printed) DNA, RG 393, USG General Orders; ibid., RG 94, 48th Ill., Letterbook; ibid., 21st Ill., Order Book.

To Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman

Head Quarters, Dist. of West Ten.
Corinth, August 8th 1862

MAJ. GEN. W. T. SHERMAN
COMD. G U. S. FORCES
MEMPHIS TEN.
GEN.

Herewith I send you an article credited to the Memphis correspondent of the Chicago Times 1 which is both false in fact and mischievous in character. You will have the author arrested and sent to Alton Penitentiary under proper escort for confinement until the close of the war unless sooner discharged by competant authority.

I am Gen. very respectfully
your obt. svt.
U. S. GRANT
Maj. Gen. Com

ALS, IC. On Aug. 14, 1862, Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman endorsed USG's letter. "Do you know the man Find him out and arrest him." AES, ibid. First published in 1955 as part of the reminiscences of Chicago Times correspondent Sylvanus Cadwallader, the authenticity of this letter came under attack by Kenneth P. Williams and Ulysses S. Grant, 3rd. The editor of Cadwallader's memoirs, Benjamin P. Thomas, was unable to locate the original letter at the time. Benjamin P. Thomas, ed., Three Years with Grant as Recalled by War Correspondent Sylvanus Cadwallader (New York, 1955), p. 3; Bruce Catton, "Reading, Writing and History," American Heritage, VII, 5 ( Aug., 1956), 106-11; Kenneth P. Williams,

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