and these have been properly distributed to the troops within the District of West Tennessee.
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LS, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Mo., Letters Received. On Aug. 15, 1862, Maj. Nathaniel H. McLean, St. Louis, wrote to USG. "The following is a copy of an endorsement upon letter addressed to the Adjutant General of the Army asking for 1,000 copies all Genl. Orders A. G. O. 1862, subsequent to No. 72: 'Respectfully referred to Major N. H. McLean who is informed that the orders within referred to have been sent to the Commander of the Dept. of the Mississippi at Corinth, Miss. and, it is presumed, have been distributed to the troops, and the surplus copies can no doubt be obtained from the staff officer who received them at that place. Hereafter, however, orders will be sent to Saint Louis for distribution.'... Please inform these Headquarters if the above mentioned orders have been received at Corinth, and what troops have been furnished with copies. Also please forward all surplus copies to these Head Quarters that the troops in the South West &c. may be supplied" LS, ibid., District of West Tenn., Letters Received; ibid., Dept. of the Mo., Letters Sent (Press); copies, ibid., Dept. of the Miss., Letters Sent; ibid., USG Hd. Qrs. Correspondence; DLC-USG, V, 7, 8. On Aug. 20, USG telegraphed to Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck. "I am constantly receiving official communications from Washn. Directed to me as commander of the department I have assumed no such command nor seen any authority for it—" Telegram received, DNA, RG 94, Generals' Papers and Books, Telegrams Received by Gen. Halleck; ibid., RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound). See preceding telegram.
Head Quartes Genl Grant [Aug. ] 21st 
There was a general muster through this district on the Eighteenth, 18th as soon as the order for it appeared in the newspapers I ordered it
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