and bushwhackers; and whereas the policy adopted by many of the military officers from time to time been such as if not to protect these guerrillas and bushwhackers, still such as not to protect Union men, by literally doing nothing to punish these enemies and aiders and abettors; and whereas it is believed to be ruinous to have officers who expect political honors on duty among those from whom they except to receive them, particularly when these officers are not of the out-and-out Union-at-all-hazards men; and whereas we believe Brigadier General J. B. Douglass to be one of this class of officers, we, the undersigned, would respectfully request that you give such influence as you have, to the end that he be removed to some place where he will do less harm to the Union cause than in command of the Eighth Military District Enrolled Missouri Militia, believing that you can effect the same.
J. W. McROBERTS,
D. N. EVANS,
J. W. DEARING,
WM. M. DE MOTT,
[And sixteen members of Audrain Star Council, Numbers 136; twenty-three members of Sugar Creek Council, Numbers 149; nineteen members of U. S. Grant council, No. 196, and eleven others not members.]
NOVEMBER 7, 1864.
Respectfully referred to Major-General Rosecrans, commanding Department of the Missouri.
H. W. HALLECK,
Major-General and Chief of Staff.
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE MISSOURI,
Saint Louis, Mo., November 15, 1864.
Respectfully referred to Brigadier General C. B. Fisk, commanding District of North Missouri.
The commanding general would prefer that General Douglass should be relieved, and desires to know if there is any reason why it should not be done.
By order of Major-General Rosecrans: