Corinth Aug 12th 1862
Where Commissions are sent to officers or men for new Regts being raised can I accept resignations in case of Commissioned officers or discharge of soldiers.
U. S. GRANT
Telegram received, DNA, RG 108, Telegrams Received by Lorenzo Thomas; copies, ibid., RG 107, Telegrams Received (Bound, Press); ibid., RG 393, USG Hd. Qrs. Correspondence; DLC-USG, V, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 88. On Aug. 15, 1862, Col. Edward D. Townsend, asst. adjt. gen., wrote to USG. "In reply to your despatch of the 12th inst, I have respectfully to inform you that you are not authorized to discharge officers or men to accept new commissions." ALS, DNA, RG 393, District of West Tenn., Letters Received. On Aug. 16, Townsend telegraphed a similar message to USG. Telegram received, ibid., Dept. of the Tenn.,