Apr 17 1862 Received letter from Capt. McLean, “I am directed by the Major General Commanding to call your attention to the unnecessary discharge of fire arms, which might cause unfounded alarm and endanger the life of our men. Hereafter, old guards, and all officers and men will draw the charge from their arms instead of discharging them.”
I sent an order to Gen. Hurlbut, “There has been constant firing this morning by soldiers of your Division, in violation of orders.
“Send out and have the Officers permitting it arrested, and the men punished if possible.”
The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 5, p 55
National Archives, RG 393, USG Letters Sent
National Archives, RG 393, Dept. of the Miss., Letters Sent