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Lieutenant Colonel Adams’s saddle and Adjutant General’s General Order No. 6, holding officers responsible for cleanliness and discipline in camp – February 9, 1863

Filed under: Civil War Daybook — Lori Williamson @ 9:00 am

This English style tooled leather saddle was used during the Civil War by Charles Powell Adams of the 1st Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment.  On February 9, 1863, Lieutenant Colonel Adams was sent to the Army Hospital for Volunteer Officers in Washington D.C. after a fall from his horse resulting in a hernia.

Hd Qrs 1st Brig 2nd Division
Feby 9, 1863
General Order No. 6
Having been temporarily assigned to the command of the 1st Brigade 2nd Division, I have thought it advisable to make a few suggestions in relation both to the drill and discipline of the troops composing the Brigade.
The comd’g officer regrets to see a lack of interest among some of the Regts of both officers and men, which certainly is not commendable and which should be immediately rectified.  The Regts most of them have seen hard service, have been much reduced in number, but have usually discharged their duties with great credit to themselves and to the gratification of their superior officers. A few suggestions will not be inappropriate and may prove beneficial to the men. –Viz.
Cleanliness and good order are indispensible to the success of any Military organization. It is expected that the commanding officer of each Regt will personally superintend the policing of his camp, will see that the quarters of the men, as well as the Hospital are kept clean and well ventilated, which will prevent sickness and disease and increase the efficiency and comfort of the troops. A dress parade will take place at retreat, also Batallion or Company drills of not less than one and a half hours, when the weather is suitable. The commanding officer would recommend that more attention be paid to the minutia of the drill the school of the soldier. Discipline should be strictly enforced, for without it an army is nothing and often worse than nothing.  Officers should preserve that dignity and self respect which is due the position they occupy and which must be preserved in order to secure the respect and confidence of the men. A manifest indifference in the discharge of our respective duties would cripple the efficiency of the organization, institute discord and dissention in the ranks and thus defeat the very object for which we were organized. It is to be hoped that both officers and men will enter with renewed zeal and earnestness upon the discharge of their respective duties and that each one will conduct himself as though he were personally responsible for the reputation of the Brigade.
By order of Col Ward, Comdg
Ansel L. White
Lieut and A.D.C.
[aide de camp]

1st Minnesota general’s saddle. 6229.1. Minnesota Historical Society.
February 9, 1863, General Order; 1st Minnesota Infantry, 1861-1863, p. 94-95. Minnesota: Adjutant General. Records. Minnesota Historical Society. State Archives. [109.K.14.4F]

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