the same service, because, under pretense of doing this, they become marauders and murderers themselves.
To now restore peace, let the military obey orders, and those not of the military leave each other alone, thus not breaking the peace themselves.
In giving the above directions, it is not intended to restrain you in other expedient and necessary matters not falling within their range.
Your obt. servt., A. Lincoln.
I wrote in my journal, under date of October 2:
Colonel Du Bois, Captain Benham, and Captain Howard, who were sent to inspect in Genl. Ewing's and Genl. Blunt's districts, have returned.
They report affairs in Blunt's district in a disgraceful condition.
I have determined to relieve Blunt, and propose to send McNeil to Fort Smith.
I telegraphed my intentions to Genl. Halleck this morning, and asked for a general officer to command one of the two districts.
Soon after I received a despatch from the President saying Genl. Halleck had shown him my