July 21 1861 My arrival in Mexico had been preceded by that of two or three regiments in which proper discipline had not been maintained

July 21 1861 “My arrival in Mexico had been preceded by that of two or three regiments in which proper discipline had not been maintained, and the men had been in the habit of visiting houses without invitation and helping themselves to food and drink, or demanding them from the occupants. They carried their muskets while out of camp and made every man they found take the oath of allegiance to the government. I at once published orders prohibiting the soldiers from going into private houses unless invited by the inhabitants, and from appropriating private property to their own or to government uses.”

Personal Memoirs of U S Grant Chapter XVIII p 165

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