The Curious Case of Mr. Camp and Capt. Grant
by Patrick Neal
Mr. Elisha Camp and Capt. Ulysses Grant knew each other for several years before arriving together at Vancouver Barracks in 1852. Camp came as sutler and Grant as quartermaster. Grant’s letters to his wife Julia talk about his business relationship with Camp.
The partnership between Elisha Camp and Ulysses Grant creates legal questions that continue to be asked today. Article 31 of the Articles of War states:
Was Grant’s partnership with Camp a violation of the Articles of War?
Should Grant, the future Civil War general and President of the United States, have been discharged from the service?
What is the proper relationship of a military officer or government official and a civilian contractor today?
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