A military correspondent of the Marengo Democrat complains of the inaccuracy of the Adjutant General’s report. He says “some of our Captains do not know any of their men by the names set forth in the report.” Perhaps if those captains had seen that the muster rolls returned to the Adjutant General’s office had been correct, they wouldn’t now have any difficulty in recognizing the names of their men. We remember one company in particular which was encamped here last fall, whose must roll we saw, and it is our confident opinion that neither Captain, Orderly, privates, nor Adjutant General would be able to recognize one-half the names on it, if printed according to copy. There are many errors in the Adjutant General’s report, no doubt, caused by the haste with which it was gotten up, but we firmly believe the larger portion, by far of the blunders is to be attributable to the company officers, and in some cases to the privates themselves.
– Published in The Davenport Daily Gazette, Davenport, Iowa, Friday Morning, March 14, 1862, p. 1