ALS, DLC-USG. Madison Barracks post returns (DNA, RG 94) state that USG returned on March 4, 1849. The court had heard the cases of three privates and one musician who had deserted. In every case the soldier was found guilty, ordered to forfeit all pay and allowances, "to be marked indelibly with the letter D one and a half inches long, on his left hip, and to be drummed out of service." DNA, RG 153.
March 9, 1849
Having received orders to join headquarters of the [4th] Infantry at Detroit Michigan I would respectfully request permission to remain at this port until the earliest opening ofnavigation on the lakes. At this time no boats are running, and I would therefore be obliged to make the trip most of the way by stage with my family which at this season of the year is most insupportable for females. The journey would require at this season about seven days of constant land travel, stopping neither day nor night.
The Flying Quill (Goodspeed's), Sept.-Oct. 1954. Bvt. Maj. Oscar Fingal Winship was an asst. adjt. gen. on the staff of Bvt. Maj. Gen. John E. Wool. USG was ordered to join the headquarters of the 4th Inf. at Detroit by Eastern Division Special Order 18, March 2, 1849. Copy, DNA, RG 98, Eastern Division, Special Orders. USG reported at Detroit on April 18, 1849. Madison Barracks and Detroit Barracks Post Returns, DNA, RG 94. On March 15, 1849, Bvt. Lt. Col. William Grigsby Freeman replied to USG. "Your letter of the 9th inst. has been received, and for the reasons therein stated Major General Scott authorizes you to defer a compliance with 'Special Orders,' No. 18, directing you to join the Head Quarters of your regiment at Detroit, until the opening of lake navigation." Copy, ibid., RG 98, 1st and 3rd Military Departments, Letters Received; ibid., Eastern Division, Letters Sent.