I will regard it as a personal favor to myself if you will give this a favorable consideration.
I am Gen. very respectfully
your obt. svt.
U. S. GRANT
ALS, deCoppet Collection, NjP. James A. Hardie of N. Y., USMA 1843, was capt., 3rd Art., on the eve of the Civil War. As It. col., he served on the staff of Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan. Appointed brig. gen. of vols. as of Nov. 29, 1862, he declined the appointment to serve as maj., AGO. At the time Hardie solicited USG's endorsement, he also approached other officers; for selections from their letters, see [C. F. Benjamin], Memoir of James Allen Hardie, Inspector‐ General, United States Army ( Washington, 1877), pp. 32-33.
Hd Qrs. Dept of the Tenn.
Oxford, Miss. Dec 10th 1862.
COL. T. LYLE DICKEY,
COMMDG CAVALRY DIVISION
The detail to accompany Col. McCulloughs remains and effects may be made. 1
The train for provisions for part of your forces is now here. They will have to go to Waterford 2 and possibly Holly Springs.