Near Corinth, Miss.,
May 24th, 1862.
HON. E. B. WASHBURN,
WASHINGTON, D. C.
Permit me to introduce to your acquaintance Surgeon Brinton of the Army, a gentleman who has served on my Staff at Cairo and in the field. Dr. Brinton was with me at Belmont, Fort Henry and Fort Donelson, and as we have lived together most of the time for the last six months our acquaintance is more than transient, it has become intimate.
Any attention shown Dr. Brinton will be regarded as a personal favor to myself.
U. S. GRANT.
Personal Memoirs of John H. Brinton (New York, 1914), p. 355. Surgeon John H. Brinton received orders on May 3, 1862, to report to Washington. Efforts were made in the Dept. of the Miss. to retain Brinton, but a peremptory telegram arrived from Washington on May 23. Ibid., p. 166. Brinton's new duties were to prepare a surgical history of the rebellion, to serve on a board to examine the qualifications of candidates for brigade surgeon, and to organize a medical museum. Ibid., pp. 169, 180.