adroit: Like all generals he wishs to get all the troops he can & like Rosecrans does not obey an order if he can avoid it. The Gen. ordered him to spare 5000 troops—instead he seizes two regts of Shermans & cries that disaster will follow if they are taken away. His telegram is a model for quiet insolent disobedience of orders. If Grant had the power he would be mustered out of service." DLC‐ Cyrus B. Comstock.
On April 28, USG endorsed a letter of Brig. Gen. Montgomery C. Meigs submitting a report on the issue of tents. "Respy. returned. G. O. No. 160 series 1862 from the AGO. providing for the issue of shelter tents instead of common, wall or sibley tents will be strictly adhered to. Where troops refuse to accept of shelter tents they must go without tents. Quartermaster must be prohibited from issuing tents other than the kind provided for—no matter by whom the requisition are approved, or by whose order the issue is directed to be made, until otherwise ordered from the Adjutant Generals office Commanding officers of troops will be held responsible for the enforcement and due observance of the order from the adjutant Generals office in this particular and any order from them directing the issue of tents other than as prescribed will be a violation of orders subjecting them to trial by Court Martial, or summary dismissal from the service. Troops serving in detachments, in garrison, or at stations as are the enrolled Missouri Militia as shown in the com'n of M. G. W. S. Rosecrans to Genl Allen Chief Q. M. of the West can build huts if they prefer them to shelter tents" Copy, DLC-USG, V, 58. See O. R., I, xxxiv, part 3, 399.
Culpepper C. H. Va.
May 1st 1864.
HON. E. B. WASHBURN
Please permit me to call the attention of Congress, through you, to the fact that the law creating the grade of Lieut. Gen. and fixing the pay and allowances of Staff officers serving with the Lt. Gen. simply revived old laws. Under these his Aides, with the rank of Lieut. Col. receive only the pay and allowances of officers of their grade in the Infantry. Under more recent Acts of Congress all other staff officers receive the pay and allowances of Cavalry officers. Maj. Gens. comma[nding] Army Corps, have four Staff officers with the rank of Lieut. Col. who receive Cavalry