Re: More On J. L. Clem
Your right about Clem and his poor conduct in that regard. One of Lt. Clem's 1st missions in 1871 was to chase cattle rustlers in Texas. He almost caught them but they escaped across the Mexican border. Clem went after them and killed every last man. He was given a warning and ORD his commanding officer warned Lt. Clem about starting another war with Mexico. Clem was born on Friday the 13th that being August 13th of 1851 and was discharged from the US Army on Friday the 13th of 1916. He was the last Union Civil War veteran on active duty. Congress had passed a bill I think in 1908 making any officer who was in the Civil War to be discharged as a General. Clem served 68 days as a POW and then returned to Camp Chase with the 22nd Michigan after Chickamauga. After leaving the US Army Clem ask his son if he could work for him selling cars in San Antonio, Tx which his son agreed to. Clem died in 1937 and like Custer is buried at the Arlington National Cemetery.