September 3d 1861|
Having received from Gen. Frémont orders 1 for you to proceed to St. Louis I of course decline placing you in arrest. Having sent charges to Head Quarters, Department of the West, against you, 2 as in duty bound I send you a copy of them.
In justice to myself I must say that in this matter I have no personal feeling but have acted strictly from a sense of duty and should it be Gen. Frémont's wish am perfectly willing to see the charges quashed and the whole matter buryed in oblivion.
A sacrifise of my own feelings is no sacrifise when the good of the service Calls for it.
Some of the despatches sent here for telegraphing, by one of the Newspaper correspondents accompanying were of such a character, and so detrimental to the good of the service that I felt it my duty to suppress them.
|U. S. GRANT|
|Brig. Gen. U. S. A.|
|To Brig. Gen. B. M. Prentiss|
|Cape Girardeau Mo.|
ALS, PHi. O. R., I, iii, 147. On Sept. 24, 1861, Capt. Chauncey McKeever sent USG a copy of a letter of Sept. 19 from Secretary of War Simon Cameron to Maj. Gen. John C. Frémont. "Your letter in reference to the question of seniority of rank between Generals Grant & Prentiss has been received by this Department. The following is the report of Adjutant General Thomas thereon: 'A. G. O. Sept 10, 1861. Respectfully submitted to the Secretary of War: According to paragraph 5 of the regulations, when two commissions, as in this instance, have the same date, reference must be had to former commissions, and by that rule Genl. Grant should rank. L. Thomas, Adjt. Genl.' The decision of the Adjutant General that Genl. Grant should rank is approved by the Department. You will please communicate this decision to Brigadier General Grant and Brigadier General Prentiss" LS, DNA, RG 393, District of Southeast Mo., Letters Received. Cameron's LS to Frémont is in RG 94, Generals' Papers and Books, Ulysses S. Grant.