Head Quarters Dist S. E. Mo|
Cairo Sept 14th 1861|
|GENERAL ORDER No 6|
Hereafter no furloughs to soldiers or leave of absence to officers will be considered valid unless first receiving the approval of the commanding officer of the Post where the applicant is stationed
Furloughs or leaves of absence will in no case entitle the Soldier or officer to a free Pass by any conveyance at the expense of Government.
The system of granting leaves of absence and free passes having been so much abused hereafter no passes will be received by Steam Boats Rail Roads or other public conveyance except by order of the commanding officer of the Post where granted, and each pass must state that the officer or soldier is traveling on public service.
Quarter Masters will only provide transportation for Government stores, and troops on an order from the commanding officer having authority to give such order
By order Brig Genl U S Grant Comdg Dist
WM. S. HILLYER
Aid de Camp
A. A. Adjt Genl
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 12, 13, 14, 80; DNA, RG 393, USG General Orders. A printed version of this order is dated Sept. 16, 1861, and signed by Capt. John A. Rawlins. McClernand Papers, IHi. On Sept. 13, Capt. William S. Hillyer had written to Brig. Gen. John A. McClernand. "You will please order the commanding officers of the different regiments under your command that no fuloughs will be considered valid unless approved by you—and that no free passes will be given to officers or privates to travel on furlough" ALS, ibid. On Sept. 17, 1st Lt. Clark B. Lagow wrote to McClernand. "I am directed by Genl Grant to say to you that you as commander of the Post, issue passes in complyance with Genl order No 6. I send you Blank Pass Book & Transportation—" ALS, ibid. On Sept. 19, Rawlins wrote to Col. Peter E. Bland. "The number of names of officers registered at the Hotels in Saint Louis Mo. show an alarming degree