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The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant: July 7 - December 31, 1863 - Vol. 9

By John Y. Simon; Ulysses S. Grant | Go to book overview

To Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck

Head Quarters Mil. Div. of the Miss.
Chattanooga, Tenn., Nov. 5th 1863.

MAJ. GEN. H. W. HALLECK
GEN. IN CHIEF OF THE ARMY.
GENERAL:

Capt. Horace Porter, who is now being relieved as Chief Ordnance Officer in the Dept. of the Cumberland, is represented by all officers who know him as one of the most meritorious and valuable young officers in the service. So far as I have heard from General Officers there is a universal desire to see him promoted to the rank of Brigadier General and retained here. I feel no hesitation in joining in the recommendation and asking that he may be assigned for duty with me. I feel the necessity for just such an officer as Capt. Porter is described to be, at Hd. Qrs., and if permitted will retain him with me if assigned here for duty.

I am Gen. very respectfully
Your obt. svt.
U. S. GRANT
Maj. Gen.

Copies, DNA, RG 94, ACP, P620 CB 1863; ibid., RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Hd. Qrs. Correspondence; DLC-USG, V, 40, 94. O. R., I, xxxi, part 3, 49. See ibid., pp. 58-59. Horace Porter of Pa., USMA 1860, after serving as ordnance officer in various commands 1861-62, was appointed chief of ordnance, Dept. of the Ohio, on Sept. 29, 1862, and of the Army of the Cumberland on Jan. 28, 1863, and promoted to capt., ordnance, as of March 3. USG, who wanted Porter as chief of ordnance, Military Div. of the Miss., gave the letter printed above to Porter to carry to Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck. Horace Porter, Campaigning with Grant (New York, 1897), pp. 12-13, 17-18; Lt. Col. James H. Wilson to Capt. Adam Badeau, Oct. 19, Nov. 2, 5-6, 21, 1863, typescripts, WyU; James Harrison Wilson, Under the Old Flag (New York and London, 1912), I, 266-67. Despite USG's request, Porter was not nominated as brig. gen., but served in the Ordnance Bureau, Washington, until April 4, 1864.

On Oct. 23, 1863, Brig. Gen. William F. Barry, inspector of art., Washington, had written to USG. "It would be a very great convenience to the Ord: and to this Dept—and would doubtless systematize and facilitate your own operations, if a Competent officer be appointed by you as 'chief of Artillery of Fortifications'— whose duty it should be to supervise, inspect, and have the general charge of all the Field Works within the limits of your Command. Your Chief of Artillery

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