Orders from the War Department dated May 16th 1862 and Numbered 53 should be closely observed.
Officers who are remote from the proper Military authority to grant them leaves of absence should have some means of visiting their homes without delay, but they should not be granted except in extreme cases and then for a period not exceeding twenty days. Officers who have a certificate for sixty days, or a period longer than that authorized, may deem themselves authorized to remain absent for the full period and thus subject themselves to being reported "absent without leave" and recommended to be mustered out of service.
U. S. GRANT
Maj. Gen. Com
ALS, Rosenberg Library, Galveston, Tex. George T. Allen, born in New York City in 1812, brought to Ill. in 1817, graduated from the College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1838, served as an Anti-Nebraska Democrat representative of Madison County in the Ill. General Assembly (1855-56). Mustered in as surgeon, 14th Ill., on May 25, 1861, he was appointed U. S. surgeon as of April 4, 1862, medical inspector with the rank of lt. col. as of June 4, and assigned to USG's dept. on Jan. 1, 1863. The United States Biographical Dictionary ... Illinois Volume (Chicago, Cincinnati, and New York, 1876), 578-79. Allen commented on USG in letters to U. S. Senator Lyman Trumbull of Ill., April 25, May 11, 1862, Jan. 20, 1863. ALS, DLC-Lyman Trumbull. Allen reported to USG on the hospital at Helena, May 6, and on the hospital steamer City of Memphis, May 7. ADS, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Received.
Head Quarters, Dept. of the Ten.
Before Vicksburg, March 8th 1863.
BRIG. GEN. B. M. PRENTISS,
COMD. G DIST. OF E. ARK.
Direct the first Div. of troops coming from Memphis, probably the one commanded by Brig. Gen. J. E. Smith, to pass in to Moon Lake and there await orders and transports from Maj. Gen. McPherson. They will keep with them all boats of less