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  1. When I first encountered mention of 'officers under arrest' in the lead-up to the Battle of Shiloh, I found it unsettling, and difficult to believe. Why would majors, colonels, a BGEN, (and almost a MGEN) be arrested on Grant's orders? Had they plotted to kill someone? Received Government property by engaging in fraud? Conspired to commit mutiny? In the one, well-publicized instance, we know the answer: Colonel David Moore of the 21st Missouri was held responsible for allowing his men to fire their muskets, while in transit aboard their steamer, while underway up the Tennessee River. Supposedly, they were firing at civilians. So, Col. Moore was placed under arrest, and confined; but found 'Not Guilty' of the most serious charge at his Court Martial, and released (with a reprimand) before April 6th. But what of the others: Brig Gen John McArthur Commander of 2nd Brigade, of 2nd Division LtCol A.S. Chetlain 12th Illinois LtCol William Morgan 25th Indiana Col H. Reed Cruft's Brigade Col James Geddes 8th Iowa Maj Gen Lew Wallace Commander of 3rd Division (able to talk his way out of difficulty... just)All charged with 'abusing Halleck's furlough system,' a purge which Grant was forced to carry out. The officers were released on the morning of April 6th, after the attack had commenced, after Grant arrived at Pittsburg Landing. (For anyone familiar with The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk, and the unforgettable 'Captain Queeg,' (played by Humphrey Bogart in the movie), this is a case of 'Where are my strawberries...!' if ever there was one.) Ozzy
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