|Lieut. Col. C. B. Comstock Asst. Inspector General to be senior Aide with rank of Lieut. Col.|
|Captain Horace Porter Ordnance Department, to be aide with rank of Lieut. Col.|
|Major F. T. Dent, 4th U. S. Infantry to be aide with rank of Lieut. Colonel|
|Lieut. Col. W. L. Duff, 2nd Illinois Artilliry to be Asst. Inspector General vice Comstock appointed aide|
|Major Wm. R. Rowley Aide-de-camp to be private Secretary with rank of Lieut. Colonel|
|Captain Adam Badeau A. A. D. C. to be private Secretary with rank of Lieut. Colonel|
|I would be pleased if these appointments could be made at once, so as to enable me to announce my staff in orders.|
U S GRANT
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 45, 59; DNA, RG 108, Letters Sent. On March 26, 1864, Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton telegraphed to USG. "All the Staff appointments yourequested were ordered today. Tomorrow morning I shall probably send Mr Dana to confer with you on some matters." ALS (telegram sent), ibid., RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound). On the same day, Col. Edward D. Townsend telegraphed to USG. "The Secretary of War approves the selection of officers for your personal Staff in your letter of twenty fifth instant -Under the law you have the right to appoint four Aides and two Military Secretaries with rank of Lieutenant Colonel and they need not be nominated to the Senate or Commissioned by the President—Do you wish the officers to be ordered to report to you by this office?" ALS (telegram sent), ibid., Telegrams Collected (Unbound); copy, ibid., RG 94, Letters Sent. On the same day, USG telegraphed to Townsend. "Please order Maj. Dent and Capt Porter to report to me. All the others named for my staff are now with me." ALS (telegram sent), ibid., RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Unbound); telegram received, ibid., Telegrams Collected (Bound); ibid., RG 94, Letters Received, 256A 1864.
On March 25, Brig. Gen. John A. Rawlins issued Special Orders No. 3. "Captain George K. Leet, Assistant Adjutant General, on the Staff of the Lieut.