August 11th 1862
To HIS EXCELLENCY
PRESIDENT OF THE U. S.
Permit me in view of the great increase now being made to our army, and the consequent increase in General officers, to suggest the names of two Colonels from the state of Illinois who, to the natural capacity for a higher position which they have, have had experience in the field during our present struggles, and have proven their worthiness on the battle field and in the Camp of instruction. I allude to Isham N. Haynie 1 and John E. Smith, 2 Colonels of the 48th & 45th Illinois Infantry respectively.
Col. Haynie is from the extreme Southern part of the state and Col. Smith from the Northern part.
These promotions I am certain you would never have reason to regret nor would the troops over whom they might be called to command.
I am, very respectfully
your obt. svt.
U. S. GRANT
ALS, DNA, RG 94, ACP G658 CB 1863. On Oct. 11, 1862, U. S. Representative Elihu B. Washburne sent a copy of USG's letter to President Abraham Lincoln. "Please read this letter. The enclosed is a copy of a recommendation sent to you last August which has been overlooked. If there be any two men in the army who deserve the appointments these are the men. Will you read this letter of Haynie. I saw him the other day in Tennessee and he is with us heart and soul, and Jack Logan is all right also." ALS, DLC-Robert T. Lincoln.