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  1. As reported in my SDG post of July 31st in "Code Talkers," (and in "Ex Post Facto" of July 2nd and July 4th) there existed bad blood between U.S. Grant and Benjamin Prentiss, dating from early August 1861 when a newly-minted Brigadier General Grant attempted to pull rank on Prentiss (who had been appointed Brigadier General by Governor Yates three months earlier.) It was a dispute with many elements (both Grant and Prentiss were "right") and it festered until Major General John Fremont defused the situation by leaving Grant in command in Eastern Missouri, and sending Prentiss west. But, surprisingly, this was not the first time U.S. Grant had engaged in "pulling rank" against a fellow officer: just a few days before his run-in with Prentiss, Grant attempted the same feat against another officer, when both were Colonels. In his book, Army Memoirs of Lucius W. Barber, Company D, 15th Illinois, Chicago: JMW Jones Co. (1894) Barber reports the following on page 21 : "We arrived at Mexico, Missouri and found the 21st Illinois Infantry here, commanded by Colonel Ulysses S. Grant... There was a sharp strife between Colonels Turner [of the 15th Illinois] and Grant as to which outranked. Turner claimed seniority on account of his date of commission; Grant claimed it on account of having belonged to the Regular Army and with his usual pertinacity (and orders from General Pope) gained his point and took command of the Camp. The first order Grant issued was for a detail from the 15th Illinois to clean up his regiment's quarters. (The cleaning was needed bad enough; but the order did not set well with us in the 15th.) We had just put our own camp in splendid order and we did not feel like doing the dirty work of his regiment. "Luckily for us, Colonel Turner was away when the order came, and Lieutenant-Colonel Ellis was in command. He took the order, read it, his face burning with anger, and sent word to Colonel Grant that his regiment did not enlist [for the purpose] of doing the dirty work for his, or any other regiment. This emphatic protest brought Grant over at once. High words ensued, which resulted in LtCol Ellis tendering Colonel Grant his sword... "I think Grant must have admired his spirit, as he refused to receive his sword, and did not enforce the order. As a natural consequence, the 15th Illinois did not fall in love with Grant... but we surely did with LtCol Ellis." [On the morning of April 6th the 15th Illinois headed Veatch's Brigade of Hurlbut's 4th Division, sent to the assistance of General Sherman. LtCol Edward Ellis was shot in the wrist; then shot again while encouraging his men -- the second shot was fatal.] Ozzy References: previous SDG posts (as sited) http://archive.org/stream/armymemoirsofluc00barb#page/54/mode/2up Lucius W. Barber's Memoirs of the 15th Illinois, at archive.org
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