June 17, 1864
On June 17, 1864, Lieutenant General U.S. Grant wrote to Major General Benjamin Butler asking him to withdraw his special order relieving Major General Quincy A. Gillmore of his command of the Tenth Army Corps under conditions that Grant would relieve Gillmore "at his own request."
Headquarters Armies of the United States,
City Point, June 17, 1864.
If you have no objection to withdrawing your order relieving General Gillmore, I will relieve him at his own request. The way the matter now stands, it is a severe punishment to General Gillmore, even if a court of inquiry should hereafter acquit him. I think the course here suggested is advisable, and would be pleased if you agree to it, though I do not order or insist upon it.
- Benjamin Franklin Butler
- Ulysses S. Grant
- Quincy Adams Gillmore
- Special Orders, No. 36 (Headquarters, Armies of the United States)
- Letter from Benjamin F. Butler to U.S. Grant
- Special Orders (Department of Virginia and North Carolina) (Unnumbered 6/14/1864)
- Special Orders (Department of Virginia and North Carolina) (Unnumbered 6/17/1864)