1862 Army of the Potomac Reprimand of 4th Corps General Erasmus D. Keyes - "It is reported that there is a considerable number of stragglers belonging to your corps, wending their way to the rear..."

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1862 Army of the Potomac Reprimand of 4th Corps General Erasmus D. Keyes - "It is reported that there is a considerable number of stragglers belonging to your corps, wending their way to the rear..."

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An interesting staff copy of an 1862 telegraphed order sent by Brigadier General Seth Williams (adjutant to Major General George B. McClellan) to Brigadier General Erasmus D. Keyes, commanding the Army of the Potomac’s 4th Army Corps. The order was a reprimand—that stragglers from Keyes’s corps “were annoying to the officers” of a new regiment marching toward the front, an “evil” that McClellan would not tolerate. The order was written and signed by a staff officer at Keyes’s headquarters and then sent to the headquarters of Brigadier General Silas Casey’s 3rd Division, with Keyes’s endorsement indicating that copies were sent to the Corps’ other divisions as well.

The order was written on a single sheet of lined stationery measuring about 8” x 12 1/2”. It is in very good condition with light even toning. Some minor edge wear, particularly along the top edge. Creased where folded. Briefly docketed on reverse.

The order reads:

Head Quarters Army of the Potomac
June 13th P.M.

U.S. Military Telegraph
Genl E. D. Keyes Commanding 4th Corps d'armée

It is reported that there is a considerable number of stragglers belonging to your corps, wending their way to the rear along the rail road. Their remarks to a new regiment yesterday passing along to the front by the rail road were annoying to the officers and calculated to discourage the men. The Commanding General views the evil indicated here as one demanding your best efforts and those of your Division. Guards will be fixed on the lines of communication so as to prevent the passage to the rear of men straggling and deserting to the rear in the direction indicated and bring up the stragglers referred to if possible. Men found straggling to the rear will be sent to the front to work at the construction of field defenses.

(Signed) S. Williams
A. A. Genl.

Official
B[radbury] C. Chetwood
2d Lt. 1st Arty A.D.C.

Head Quarters 4th Corps
June 13th 1862

Forwarded for the information & instruction of Division Commanders who will take the most stringent & immediate measures to ascertain the actual extent of the evil above referred to and to prevent is recurrence.

By order Brig. Genl. Keyes
(Signed) C[harles] C. Suydam
Capt. & A.A.G.

Hd. Qrs. Casey’s Div.
June 14 / 62
Official
B. R. Foster
A.A.A.G.

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