July 24, 1862: George B. Crittenden drunk?

George B. Crittenden

George B. Crittenden was a Major General in the CSA; he was in command at the Battle of Mill Springs (aka Logan’s Crossroads) when Brig. Gen. Zollicoffer was killed. On March 31,1862, he was relieved and accused of drunkenness by Gen. Hardee. Bragg orders a court of inquiry below — Crittenden would resign his generalship as a result.

From the Official Record:

GENERAL ORDERS, HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT Number 2, Number 103. Tupelo, Miss., July 24, 1862.

By direction of the President of the Confederate States a court of inquiry is appointed to assemble at such time and place as may hereafter be determined by Major-General Van Dorn to examine into the conduct of Major General G. B. Crittenden, Provisional Army of the Confederate States, under the provisions of the “act to punish drunkenness in the army,” approved April 21, 1862.

Detail for the Court: Major General Earl Van Dorn, Provisional Army of the Confederate States; Major General John C. Breckinridge, Provisional Army of the Confederate States; Major General Daniel Ruggles, Provisional Army of the Confederate States. Lieutenant Colonel G. W. Brent is appointed judge-advocate, and is authorized to issue summons or subpoenas to all the necessary witnesses within the limits of the department, which all persons will be required to obey promptly.
By command of General Bragg:

THOMAS JORDAN,
Chief of Staff.

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