The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant: January 1 - May 31, 1864 - Vol. 10

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See letter to Edwin M. Stanton, May 13, 1864. On May 23, Halleck wrote to USG. "Private & Confidential." "What you say in your note of the 20th about the Major Genls. is correct—There are two vacancies. The law allows five. You filled an original vacancy, and I last year urged Sherman's name for Wool's place; but could not get him appointed. Your promotion makes a second vacancy, and I have urged the names of Meade and Sherman, and Hancock for Meade's place as Brig. There is some obstacle in the way and I cant remove it. I am not certain what it is, but can guess. Perhaps you will be enlightened a little by knowing what are some of the outside influences. I understand that the names of Butler and Sickles have been strongly urged by politicians, in order, they say, to break down 'West Point influence.' It will not be difficult to draw conclusions— This is entre nous." Copy, DNA, RG 108, Letters Sent. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 3, 115. On June 15, Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton wrote to USG. "Mr. Washburne called on the President this morning—as he represented, at your in- stance—to urge the appointment of General Meade and Genl. Sherman to the rank of Major General in the regular army; and said that you entertained some apprehension that the Government were holding back these appointments with a view of giving them to Genl. Butler & Genl. Sickles. Some weeks ago Genl Hal- leck showed me a letter from you, recommending Generals Meade and Sherman for promotion, and stating that you did not want one appointed until both could be appointed. It has been the design to comply with your request in this respect, but it was deemed expedient not to make the appointments until the operations of the respective armies of Genl. Meade & Genl. Sherman should develope some final result; and it was thought that when the Army of the Potomac should reach Richmond and Sherman reach Atlanta, these events would be a fitting occasion to confer upon the distinguished officers named the highest rank to which, under existing laws, they could be appointed. For this reason, and not with the design of appointing any other persons, the matter has laid over. If, however, for any reason, you deem immediate appointments desirable, they will be made. Congrat- ulating you upon the unexampled ability and brilliant success of the operations under your charge," Copy, DLC-Edwin M. Stanton. On June 19, USG wrote to Stanton. "Your Letter of the 15th inst in relation to the promotion of Gens Meade and Sherman to the same rank in the regular Army they now hold in the volunteer service is received. I see no objection to defering their promotion to the end of the Campaign as you propose" Copies, DLC-USG, V, 45, 59, 67; DNA, RG 108, Letters Sent.

To Maj. Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside

May 20, 1864. 8 20 a m


Push out a heavy line of skirmishers in connection with Gen. Wright to feel for the enemy and to keep him employed. It is not


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