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    Civil War Imprint: Official Report of Maj. Gen. John A. M'Clernand Detailing the March of the Thirteenth Army Corps from Milliken's Bend to Vicksburg, Including an Account of the Battle of Port Gibson, Champion Hill, Big Black River and the Assault Upon the Defences of Vicksburg. Springfield: Steam Press of Messrs. Baker & Phillips. 1863. 14 pages, 4to., printed in two columns. With original light green paper wrappers. Interior pages very clean and evenly toned. Top wrapper has spots of foxing and staining, with a few small pinholes. Light soiling to back wrapper, with light chipping occurring along edge at top. Bottom corner is folded over. Tiny chip at top corner of most pages. Imprint has been folded in half (vertically). No copies found at auction, and four copies listed in OCLC.

    Containing McClernand's report to Lt. Colonel J. A. Rawlins dated, June 17, 1863 (pages 3-13); and McClernand's General Orders No. 72 dated May 30, 1863 (page 13-14), sending congratulations to his troops which was also published in the press. Under Grant's orders, McClernand and his troops had launched an unsuccessful attack against the entrenchments at Vicksburg. McClernand issued orders of congratulations despite suffering heavy casualties and failing in their intended goal. This would be the final straw, and McClernand would be relieved of his command on June 18, a full two weeks before the Union victory at Vicksburg. Grant had endured McClernand's insubordination and incompetence because of the latter's strong political connections; but McClernand's direct insubordination by publishing the reports contained in this imprint were enough to justify Grant's decision to remove him from command.


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