The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant: April-September 1861 - Vol. 2

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my confirmation to the office appearing in the Public prints of the country. On the same day I accepted, noting the acceptance on a pay roll. I wish therefore my acceptance to take effect from that date.

No official notice of my appointment has ever reached me, nor of the relative rank of Brigadier; 1 I would therefore respectfully request an official notification, and if it can be furnished, my relative rank with others of the same grade.

Respectfully
Your Obt. Svt.
U S GRANT
Brig. Gen. U. S. A.

ALS, Mrs. Walter Love, Flint, Mich. Received by the AGO on Aug. 30, 1861. DNA, RG 94, Register of Letters Received.

1.
An official list of the brig. gens. in order of seniority was embodied in AGO General Orders No. 62, Aug. 20, 1861. In this list, USG stood eighteenth among thirty-five brig. gens. of vols. holding rank from May 17, 1861. See telegram to Maj. Gen. John C. Frémont, Sept. 2, 1861. USG must have known something about relative rank or he would not have left Ironton. See letter to Col. Leonard F. Ross, Aug. 18, 1861.
To Capt. John C. Kelton
Head Quarters, Jeff. City Mo.
August 25th 1861
CAPT.

Evry place I have been thrown in command I have found one abuse which I feel it my duty to report. Commanders of Regts. & in many instances companies, give leavs of absence to their officers and men, in large numbers, to visit their homes and furnish them with free passes going and returning.

For myself I refuse free passes in all instances except where persons are traveling strictly on military duty and allow no

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