The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 54, July 1950 - April, 1951 Page: 211
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Notes and Documents
and yet no provision is made by the regulations for furnishing such
books, and their purchase out of the post fund is, very properly,
prohibited. This is an omission that ought to be supplied in the
next edition of the General Regulations.
6.--Brevet rank of Acting Inspectors General. It is respectfully
suggested that whenever officers of the Adjutant General's Depart-
ment are ordered to make a tour of inspection, they be at the same
time assigned to duty according to their highest brevet. Independent
of the personal advantages, which are simply just, inasmuch as the
officer's expenses are increased, the service would be benefitted by
the arrangement. Rank gives consideration everywhere and thus en-
larges an officer's sphere of usefulness; but, in addition, this question
of brevet rank is so variously regarded in the Army, according to
the interests of parties, that in ordering an important inspection all
grounds of difficulty ought to be removed in advance. It must not
be inferred from these remarks that I encountered any embarrass-
ments on this score; for being intent on accomplishing my instruc-
tions, I was not particular about minor matters; and I take pleasure
in adding I was everywhere received with the utmost courtesy and
kindness. But had I been disposed to make points, the occasions
would not have been wanting; for I found that while some Com-
manders regarded me at reviews as a Lieutenant Colonel, at other
posts I was considered only a Major.
I here close the account of my tour of inspection. I have en-
deavoured to cover the whole ground of my instructions and to dis-
charge with fidelity the duties they imposed. The report of that tour
is now respectfully submitted; and, in the words of one the history
of whose pilgrimage, unlike mine, will live forever, I have only to
add, "would it were worthier!"
I have the honour to be, Colonel,
Your most obt. Servt.
W. G. FREEMAN,
Asst. Adjt. Genl. & Actg. Inspr. Genl.
(See over for Appendix.)
(Relative to the location, objects & uses of the posts in Texas.)
Copy. Head Quarters 8th Mil. Depart.
Corpus Christi July 19th 1853.
Bt. Lt. Col. Wm. G. Freeman,
Asst. Adjutant General,
As you requested me on the eve of your departure, I now furnish
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