his pistol to come on. It wont do for him to be a soldier though if he ever cries. He must try and go without showing such youthful weakness for a week before he starts.
Give my love to all at home. This is the third letter I have written since receiving one from you.
Kisses for yourself and children.
Head Quarters, Army of the Ten.
In field Near Corinth, May 21st 1862
Report the names of absentees, how long absent and by what authority. The order for their discharge will come from Gen. Head Quarters. Those discharged under P II of the order refered to will be entitled to an honorable discharge and consequently their pay. Those discharged under Par IV being discharged as deserters necessarily forfeit all pay and allowances that is or may become due them.
U. S. GRANT
Maj. Gen. Com
AES, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Received from Reserve Corps, Jackson, Tenn. Written on a letter of May 20, 1862, from Maj. Gen. John A. McClernand to Maj. John A. Rawlins. "As there is some confusion in the understanding of the proper manner of carrying out Pars II & IV of General Order No 14 Head Quarters Department of the Mississippi April 2d 1862 I would respectfully ask for general information, instructions as follows First, Par II. When the discharge ismade by a Special Order from Department Head Quarters, how is the discharge to be completed, that is, what final papers are to be given to the soldier & how certified to make them sufficient for him to draw his pay & allowances the same as other discharged soldiers ? Second. Par IV. Should the men (list of names) be reported to Department Head Quarters for discharge, or, should they be reported on their company Rolls & returns as Deserters. (the remarks opposite their names explaining) the same as in case of other deserters ?" LS, ibid.