The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant: 1837-1861 - Vol. 1

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To Bvt. Maj. Gen. Roger Jones

Madison Barracks
Sackets Harbor N. Y.
March 30th 1849

GEN.

I have the honor, very respectfully, to return my commission as Bvt. 1st Lt. in the 4th Inf.y U. S. A.

I am Gen
Very Respectfully
Your Obt. Svt.
To Gen R. Jones U. S. GRANT
Adj.t Gen. U. S. A. 1st Lt. 4th Inf.y

ALS, DNA, RG 94, ACP 4754/1885. Bvt. Maj. Gen. Roger Jones, Jan. 14, 1850, endorsed the letter to Secretary of War G. W. Crawford. "The declining of his brevet of 1st Lieutenant, seems to require a statement of the facts of the case, at this time, as the Army Register is about being published.

"While a 2d Lieutenant, this Officer was nominated by the late President and confirmed by the Senate, 'to be captain by brevet for gallant and meritorious conduct in the battle of Chapultepec, to rank from September 13, 1847.' The brevet of Captain, being an advance of two grades, was afterwards found to be a mistake, and accordingly, by direction of the Secretary of War, the promotion was not announced in orders. The Secretary of War further directed, that at the next meeting of the Senate, that the error should be corrected.

"It appears that at the next session of the Senate, Lieut. Grant was again nominated by and confirmed, as a brevet 1st Lieutenant, 'for gallant and meritorious conduct' in a previous battle—that of 'Molino del Rey,' to rank from September 8, 1847. —and this is the brevet which this officer declines, as seen by his letter; but it was without any knowledge of the previous brevet of Captain having been conferred, & with-held—

"The brevet of 1 st Lieutenant, dated September 8, 1847, being a proper basis for the brevet of Captain, places this officer in a proper position to receive the one of higher grade, prematurely conferred, and on that account, it may be supposed witheld by the Department. —I therefore respectfully recommend, that the commission of Captain by brevet be now issued to this meritorious officer, (now a 1st Lt. in his Regt.) believing it to be just and proper and in conformity with the intentions of your predecessor." Crawford replied the following day. "The President directs that action be suspended on this case." Jones returned to the matter on March 1, 1851. "Laid before the Sec. of War this morning, who agrees to the propriety of issuing now, the Brevt of Captain, as previously nominated, & confirmed by the Senate. —" The Senate reconfirmed both brevets on March 10 and the commission of bvt. 1st It. was returned to USG on May 29, 1851. See Calendar, Aug. 24, 1848, Dec. 11, 1848.

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