What A Relief It Was: Grant Sacks McClernand

On June 18, 1863, Ulysses S. Grant relieved John A. McClernand of command of the Thirteenth Corps outside of Vicksburg, Mississippi, for violating army procedures. The incident in question involved McClernand decision to bypass headquarters to circulate in the press a congratulatory letter to his men for their actions during the Vicksburg campaign that appeared to cast aspersions at the other corps under Grant’s command.

You can read Grant’s letter here.

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