The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant: April-September 1861 - Vol. 2

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and will also report all valuable information they may receive of the movements of the rebels there sending at the same time copies here.

4th. A list of names of all commissioned officers with their rank and arm of service to which they belong will be furnished these Headquarters at once and also report all new arrivals of commissioned officers that may take place at any time hereafter.

U. S. GRANT
Brig. Gen'l Comdg.

Copies, DLC-USG, V, 12, 13, 14, 80; DNA, RG 393, USG General Orders.

1.
This order apparently coincides with the arrival in Cairo of Capt. John A. Rawlins. See letter to Brig. Gen. Lorenzo Thomas, Aug. 29, 1861.
2.
Maj. James Simons of S. C., surgeon, had been in the U. S. Army since 1839 and had been asst. surgeon attached to the 4th Inf. in 1843 when USG began U. S. Army service. On July 1, 1861, Brig. Gen. Benjamin M. Prentiss issued orders appointing Simons medical director at Cairo. Copy, Wallace-Dickey Papers, IHi.
General Orders No. 5
Head Quarters Dist S. E. Mo
Cairo Sept 8th 1861
GENERAL ORDER No 5

It is with regret the Genl Comdg sees and learns that the closest intimacy exists between many of the officers and soldiers of his command; that they visit together the lowest drinking and dancing saloons; quarrel, curse, drink and carouse generally on the lowest level of equality, and neglect generally the interests of the Government they are sworn to serve

Such conduct is totally subversive of good

order and Military Disipline and must be discontinued.

In future it will be the duty of every Commanding officer of a Regiment or detachment to at once arrest any one of their com

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