June 18, 1863: McClernand is out

Gen. John A. McClernand

McClernand confirms that he issued Order #72, and Grant fires him.

Official Records:


HEADQUARTERS THIRTEENTH ARMY CORPS,
June 18, 1863.
Major-General GRANT:

I have just returned. The newspaper slip is a correct copy of my congratulatory order Number 72. I am prepared to maintain its statements. I regret that my adjutant did not send you a copy promptly as he ought, and I thought he had.

JOHN A. McClernand
Major-General.

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Official Records:

SPECIAL ORDERS HDQRS DEPARTMENT OF THE TENNESSEE, Number 164.
near Vicksburg, MISS., June 18, 1863.

IV. Major General John A. McClernand is hereby relieved from the command of the Thirteenth Army Corps. He will proceed to any point he
may select in the State of Illinois, and report by letter to Headquarters of the Army for orders. Major General E. O. C. Ord is hereby appointed to the command of the Thirteenth Army Corps, subject to the approval of the President, and will immediately assume charge of the same.

By order of Major General U. S. Grant:

JNO. A. RAWLINS,
Assistant Adjutant-General.

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