Capt. Williams is one of the most efficient as well as one of the most experienced officers in my Department. For his merit alone I have twice recommended him for promotion to the rank of Brig. Gen. 1 and hope you will give him your support.
The Army has already been much afflicted by the appointments of inefficient Brigade & Division Commanders. With such commanders as Capt. Williams would make, throughout the entire Army, I do not hesitate to say that twenty-five per cent would be added to its effectiveness.
Capt. Williams has served as Instructor of Tactics at West Point and Commandant of the Corps of Cadets. He has served with me since the Siege of Corinth with distinction, in command of his regiment. I have no doubt but that Gen. Halleck will bear me out in this recommendation. In a letter to the Gen several weeks since I made the same recommendation and hoped before this to have seen the appointment made.
Should Capt. Williams be advanced to the position of Brig. Gen. it is my desire that he be assigned to duty in this Department.
U. S. GRANT
ALS, Mrs. Walter Love, Flint, Mich.
BY TELEGRAPH FROM Oxford [Dec. 18] 186
To ADMIRAL PORTER CAIRO
I am informed that there is now four (4) feet of water in the Tennessee 1—Gunboats there would be of immense value Forest and Napier 2 are now on this Side the river with from five (5) to ten thousand (10000) men—and have got near to Jackson I