Holly Springs Mississippi
December 28th 1862
HIS EXCELLENCY, A. LINCOLN
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES,
WASHINGTON D. C.
Permit me to renew recommendations that I have frequently made before for promotion to the rank of Brigadier General of Col. J. D. Webster of the 1st Ill. Artillery, 1 Col. C. C. Marsh, 20th Ill. Infantry and to add the name of Col. John Mason Loomis 2 of the 26th Ill. Infantry.
Col. Webster has rendered most efficient service from the beginning of the War, having been with me in every engagement where I have had the honor of commanding Col. Marsh has rendered most excellent service as regimental, Brigade and Post commander.
Col. Loomis is an active intelligent and efficient officer of much experience and well qualified for advanced rank. His services have not come so much under my notice until latterly as the two former, but as a Brigade commander on the recent advance of this Army, and as commander of the post of Oxford Miss. I had an opportunity of observing him and do not hesitate to cordially recommend his promotion.
I am very respectfully
your obt. svt.
U. S. GRANT
ALS, DNA, RG 94, ACP, W1016 CB 1865. On Feb. 28, 1863, this letter was favorably endorsed by Governor Richard Yates of Ill., Lt. Governor Francis A. Hoffman, Secretary of State Ozias M. Hatch, Treasurer William Butler, and AG Allen C. Fuller. Ibid.