served with him in all his battles in Mexico, And in this rebellion, And I can bear honest testimonyto his great worth as a soldier and friend. Where an entire nation condoles with you in your bereavement. no one can do so with more heartfelt grief than myself
Very Truly Yours
U S GRANT
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 1, 2, 3, 88; DNA, RG 393, USG Letters Sent. O.R., I, x, part 2, 130.
Head Quarters, Army of the Ten.
Pittsburg, April 27th 1862
MAJ. GEN. H. W. HALLECK
COMD. G THE DEPT. OF THE MISS.
I would respectfully call your attention to the case of Capt. W. F. Brinck, Act. Ordnance officer of the Army of the Tennessee whose case I have before represented.
On taking command of the District of South East Missouri I found Capt. Brinck Acting Ordnance officer and very efficient in his duties. When the order was published to have mustered out of service all of Maj. Gen. Frémont's appointments, not otherwise recognized, I ascertained that Capt. Brinck, though not one of those appointments, had no regular legal appointment. He seems to have been placed in his position by Col. G. Waagner, then Chief of Artillery, and with a verbal promise from Maj. Gen. McClelland that he should retain the position.
I addressed several communications, unofficial, hoping to secure the commission for him feeling that his services were