Head Quarters, Dept. of the Ten.
Before Vicksburg, Feb. 9th 1863.
A. LINCOLN, PRESIDENT
Seeing the names said to have been handed in to the Senate for confirmation for Gens. I deem it my duty to call your attention to the effect some of these promotions will have in this Dept. I see the name of N. B. Buford for Maj. Gen. 1 He would scarsely make a respectable Hospital nurse if put in petticoats, and certain is unfit for any other Military position. He has always been a dead weight to carry becoming more burthensome with his increased rank.
There are here worthy men to promote who not only would fill their positions with credit to themselves and profitably to their country, but whos promotion would add weight to our cause where it is needed and give reniewed confidance to a large number of brave soldiers. Conspicuous among this latter class is Brig. Gen. J. A. Logan. He has proven himself a most valuable officer and worthy of every confida He is entitled to and can be trusted with a command equal to what increased rank would entitle him to. There is not a more patriotic soldier, braver man, or one more deserving of promotion in this Dept. than Gen. Logan. I have mentioned these two cases as strongly contrasting and spoken of them fully. I will now mention some who have been named for promotion who really can render their country no service and others whos promotion would add strength to our cause.
Among the formerI would place N. Brayman, Col. S. D. Baldwin, 57th Ill. 2 I. Pugh, 41st Ill. as being conspicuous. All of them are clever gentlemen but could not command the confidance of men in battle. Of those who could I would mention