Headqrs. Mil. Div. of the Mississippi
Nashville. Tenn. Feby 15th, 1864
COLONEL H. R. MIZNER
COM'D'G U. S. FORCES
Your dispatch of the 11th of December 1863, to Capt. T. C. Williams, 1 and one of January 16. 1864 to Capt. Polk, 2 together with Brig Gen. G. M. Dodge's explanation and remarks thereon, have reached these Headquarters. Your wholesale attack upon Gen'l Dodge, a gallant and superior officer, is uncalled for and improper. The authority you usurped to yourself in arresting officers acting under his orders, and outside of your guard lines, was unmilitary and in bad taste. The whole tenor of your dispatches show bad temper, and is calculated to create hostility of feeling between troops expected to co-operate with each other. Enclosed you will find copy of Gen. Dodge's explanation.
U. S. GRANT
Major Gen. U. S. A.
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 39; DNA, RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Endorsements ; Dodge Papers, IaHA. In response to charges by Col. Henry R. Mizner, 14th Mich., Columbia, Tenn., that troops commanded by Brig. Gen. Grenville M. Dodge had plundered civilian property, Dodge telegraphed to Lt. Col. Theodore S. Bowers on Feb. 3, 1864, requesting an investigation. Copy, DNA, RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Telegrams Received. On Feb. 4, after receiving Mizner's charges, Dodge wrote at length to Bowers explaining that some property had been taken by "a gang" in the 18th Mo. but that most had been seized under orders and through necessity. Copies, ibid., 16th Army Corps, Letters Sent; ibid., Left Wing, Letters Sent. On Feb. 5, Mizner wrote to Dodge listing the persons plundered and property taken. ALS, Dodge Papers, IaHA. On Feb. 12, Dodge wrote to Bowers discussing in detail the case of Mrs. Brown. LS, DNA, RG 109, Union Provost Marshals' File of Papers Relating to Individual Citizens. On Feb. 17, Dodge telegraphed to Bowers. "One John D. Vance of 18th Mo Infty the leader of a gang of robbers and murderers has been tried, convicted and ordered to be shot. I respectfully request authority to carry sentence into effect. It is a just verdict and will have a good effect if promptly acted upon. He is a very bad man" Copies, ibid., RG 393, 16th Army Corps, Left Wing, Telegrams Sent;