request that my limits be changed so that I may be in DuQuoin Perry County
Ills—that being my residence and having there the means of living while deprived
of my pay as an officer" ALS, ibid., RG 94, Carded Records, Vol. Organizations,
Civil War, 18th Ill., Thomas H. Burgess. Burgess enclosed a letter addressed to
USG reviewing his efforts to be tried or released. Copy, ibid.
The text of USG's endorsement has been inserted from the original.
The text of this endorsement has been inserted from the original. AES, ibid. William S. Ketchum of Conn., USMA 1834, held the rank of maj., 4th Inf.,
on the eve of the Civil War. He was confirmed as brig. gen. on Feb. 3, 1862,
while serving as act. inspector-gen., Dept. of the Mo.
On July 16, Maj. Gen. John A. McClernand referred to USG a petition
of twenty-three officers of the 18th Ill. asking the release of Burgess, who had
promised to resign if released. DS, ibid.
On Aug. 1, Rawlins wrote to Burgess informing him that he was released
from arrest "with no view of having you withdraw from the service." Copy, ibid., Vol. Service Branch, Letters Received. On the same day, Rawlins issued
Special Orders No. 150 ordering Burgess's release and instructing him to return
to his regt. at Jackson, Tenn. DS, ibid., District of West Tenn., Special Orders;
copies, ibid., Vol. Service Branch, Letters Received; ibid., RG 393, USG Special
Orders; DLC-USG, V, 15, 16, 82, 87. Burgess tendered his resignation on Aug.
14. ALS, DNA, RG 94, Carded Records, Vol. Organizations, Civil War, 18th
Ill., Thomas H. Burgess. On Aug. 16, USG endorsed this letter. "Respectfully
forwarded to Head Quarters of the Department." ES, ibid. The resignation was
accepted on Sept. 3.
To Julia Dent Grant
Corinth, August 22d 1862
Since my letter of three or four days ago I have but little
news to write about. You have probably seen that Col. Mason
of the 71st Ohio, the man who was sent away on account of bad
conduct at Shiloh,
1 surrendered Clarkesville without firing a
2 also that the Guerrillas captured two steamers on the
3—About sixty of our troops had a fight with a party
of about three times their numbers of Kentucky recruits trying
to join the rebels and drove them into the Tennessee killing 37
and taking 14 prisoners besides all their arms and many of their
We have had several little figh[ts] since you left resulting
favorabl[y] to our troops and one night alarm, [h]ere.
Questia, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning. www.questia.com
Book title: The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant: April 1 - August 31, 1862.
Contributors: John Y. Simon - Editor, Ulysses S. Grant - Author.
Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press.
Place of publication: Carbondale, IL.
Publication year: 1973.
Page number: 327.
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