The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant: April 1 - August 31, 1862 - Vol. 5

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days before when they would attack. Skirmishing had been going on for that time and I could have brought on the battle either Friday 1 or Saturday if I had chosen. My object was to keep it off, if possible, until Buell arrived.

Let me hear from you.

yours of old
U. S. GRANT

ALS, USG 3. George P. Ihrie of N. J. attended USMA (1845-47), was appointed 2nd It. on June 18, 1855, was promoted to 1st It. on Feb. 28, 1857, and resigned on Dec. 31, 1859. He was appointed It. col., 3rd Calif., on Sept. 4, 1861, then resigned on Dec. 11. On April 21, 1877, Ihrie endorsed USG's letter. "Through the influence of U. S. Senator O. H. Browning, (my wife's Uncle, ) subsequently Sec'y of the Interior under Presd't A. Johnson, Sec'y Stanton told me to 'select my General for staff duty; report to him at once for duty; and my Coms'n as Colonel & A. D. C. should follow me.' I selected Gen'l U. S. Grant, and reported to him on the 7th of May, one month after the Battle of Shiloh, but my Coms'n did not reach me till 27th of June." AES, ibid. On May 7, 1862, USG telegraphed to Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton. "I would respectfully request that George. P. Ihrie of San Francisco be appointed Inspector General of Volunteers & be attached to my staff as such." Telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Received. USG also wrote to Stanton on the same subject on May 9. Ibid., Register of Letters Received. On May 23, Brig. Gen. Catharinus P. Buckingham wrote to USG. "The Secretary of War directs me to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 9th instant, asking that George P. Ihrie, late Lieutenant Colonel of the 3rd California Infantry be commissioned with suitable rank for Inspector General and appointed on your staff, and in reply to inform you that the appointment would have to be made on General Hallecks staff and the officer assigned to duty on your staff which the secretary of war will not do except on application of General Halleck Your telegram was not received by the Secretary" Copy, ibid., Letters Sent, Military Affairs. On July 17, Ihrie was appointed col., additional aide-de-camp, to rank from May 7.

1.
April 4.

To A. Lizzie Whipple

Pittsburg Landing, Ten.
April 25th 1862

MISS A. LIZZIE WHIPPLE
GALVA, HENRY CO. ILLINOIS,

Your beautifully expressed letter of the 15th instant come duly to hand and of course I shall take great pleasure in granting

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