Gen. Shepley on loss of command, Virginia, 1865Item 76618 info
Maine Historical Society
Controversy and confusion were not new concerns.
In February 1865, Shepley sent a telegram to Lt. Col. E. W. Smith, assistant adjutant general of the Department of Virginia, seeking clarification on a telegram that he received that apparently dismissed him from his command.
He noted that the telegram was confusing about when he was to be relieved as he was president of a Court Martial that was still in session.
Shepley's friend and fellow soldier Gen. Benjamin Butler, who had commanded the Department of Virginia and under whom Shepley served, was relieved of his duty in January 1865.