a member of the Chicago Mercantile Battery on the recommendation of some Maj. Gen. who could give him employment.
If Hoge were appointed Asst. Quartermaster with the rank of Captain and ordered to report to this Department he could be placed on duty.
My personal Staff is already provided or names sent in of those recommended to fill vacancies.
With great respect
your obt. svt.
U. S. GRANT
ALS, DNA, RG 94, ACP, H166 CB 1863. On March 9, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln endorsed this letter. "I wish to have this appointment made at once." AES, ibid. On March 11, Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton endorsed this letter. "Appoint Holmes Hoge Brig Qr Master" AES, ibid. On March 13, the U. S. Senate confirmed Private Holmes Hoge, Chicago Mercantile Battery, as capt., asst. q. m.
Mrs. Abraham H. Hoge, Jane Currie (Blaikie) Hoge, associate manager of the North-western Branch of the U. S. Sanitary Commission, was indefatigable in efforts to obtain military advancement for her sons. See Lincoln, Works, V, 512; VI, 40-41, 96; Mrs. A. H. Hoge, The Boys in Blue ... (New York, 1867), pp. 201-3.
Feby 19th 1863
MAJOR E D JUDD
PAYMASTER U S A
It is a matter of vast importance to the troops here that they receive their pay promptly I wrote to you some days ago requesting that a part of your force be sent here immediately to pay off the troops in the Field. So important do I regard this matter that if you are not under special orders already I wish you to regard this as an order to pay these troops first and to the exclusion of all others if necessary. This should be attended to