Holly Springs, Mississippi,
Jan. 7th, 1863.
HON. E. B. WASHBURN, M. C.,
WASHINGTON, D. C.
Learning that additional Medical Inspectors, with the rank of Lieut. Col., are to be appointed, I want to urge the appointment of Surgeon J. H. Brinton, who is now on duty in Washington, having been selected as one to compile the Medical History of this rebellion.
I have selected you to write to on this subject because you have always shown such willingness to befriend me. I acknowledge the many obligations I am under to you and thank you from the bottom of my heart for them. I will feel further obligation if you can give this matter your attention and support.
Dr. Brinton has served with me and messed with me. I know him well. He is an honor to his profession and to the service both for his moral worth and attainments in and out of his profession.
Although yet but a young man you will find that Dr. Brinton has won for himself, in Philadelphia where he resides, a reputation attained by but few in the country, of any age, and by none others as young as himself.
I am now feeling great anxiety about Vicksburg. The last news from there was favorable, but I know that Kirby Smith is on his way to reinforce Johnson. My last advices from there were to the 31st. If Banks arrived about that time all is well. If he did not Sherman has had a hard time of it.
I could not reinforce from here in time, and too much territory would be exposed by doing it if I could.
U. S. GRANT.
Personal Memoirs of John H. Brinton (New York, 1914), pp. 355-56.