I will refer Surgeon Smiths letter to my Medical Director for a fuller report of the condition of the Medical Department here.
I am Sir, Very Respectfully
Your Obt Servt
U. S. GRANT
Copies, DNA, RG 112, Letters Received; ibid., RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Hd. Qrs. Correspondence; DLC-USG, V, 5, 8, 24, 94. William A. Hammond, born in Annapolis, Md., in 1828, a medical graduate of the University of the City of New York in 1848, entered the U. S. Army as asst. surgeon in 1849, resigning in 1860 for a professorship at the University of Maryland at Baltimore. When he entered the U. S. Army in 1861, he had lost his prewar seniority, but the need for leadership in the Medical Dept. led to his appointment as surgeon-gen. on April 25, 1862. On March 23, 1863, Hammond wrote to USG. "I have been much gratified by the reception of your letter of the 12th inst. I was satisfied that in no event could things be as bad as represented—and I knew that you have always shown yourself solicitous for the welfare of the army under your command I must thank you for the constant support you have given to the officers of the Medical Department under your command" ALS, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Received.
[March 13, 1863]
... whilst you can retain your present command I would ... beg you to hold on ... I have never failed to give you a good name and especially have I done this to Halleck who you can