Head Quarters, Dist of West. Tenn.
Pittsburgh, April 17th 1862.
GEN. S. A. HURLBUT
COMMDG 4TH DIVISION
There has been constant firing this morning by soldiers of your Division, in violation of orders.
Send out & have the Officers permitting it arrested, andthe men punished. if possible
Your Obt. Servant.
U. S. GRANT.
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 1, 2, 3, 86; DNA, RG 393, USG Letters Sent. On April 16, 1862, Capt. Nathaniel H. McLean wrote to USG. "I am directed by the Major General Commanding to call your attention to the unnecessary discharge of fire arms, which might cause unfounded alarm and endanger the life of our men. Hereafter, old guards, and all officers and men will draw the charges from their arms instead of discharging them." Copy, ibid., Dept. of the Miss., Letters Sent. On the same day, Maj. John A. Rawlins issued General Orders No. 38. "Hereafter Old Guards, and all officers and men will draw the charge from their arms instead of discharging them; and it is made the special duty of all officers to see that this is ridgidly enforced." DS, McClernand Papers, IHi; copies, DLC-USG, V, 12, 13, 14, 95; DNA, RG 94, 9th Ill., Letterbook; ibid., RG 393, USG General Orders. On April 19, Capt. William S. Hillyer wrote to Brig. Gen. Stephen A. Hurlbut. "I am instructed by Gen Grant to say to you that the order prohibiting firing is made by direction of Gen Halleck and cannot be suspended without his authority and must be strictly enforced in all cases—" ALS, ibid., 16th Army Corps, Miscellaneous Papers. On the same day, Hurlbut wrote to Rawlins. "Col. Taylor 5th Ohio Cavalry desires leave to return all his Pistols as worthless ( they are the Joslyn Pistol) & rely upon the Sabre. He also asks leave to fire off the Charges now in his pistols I await directions from the Major General. —I am satisfied from personal inspection that the Pistols are useless—but think that videttes should have fire arms" ALS, ibid. On April 21, USG endorsed this letter. "Return the Pistols to Capt. Brinck, ordnance officer. Authority cannot be given, nor is it necessary, to fire them off." AES, ibid.
On April 26, Rawlins issued General Orders No. 43. "Division Commanders will detail Daily Ten mounted men, under command of Commissioned officers, to patrol the entire grounds within the limits of the Army of the Tenn, who will