Nashville Tenn January 17th 64
MAJ GENL GEO H THOMAS
I return to you General Granger's reccommendations of Brig Genl Hazen to Maj General, without endorsement. I will state however that I look upon Hazen as among the first, if not the first entitled to promotion, and in sending on a list of reccommendations will be pleased to place his name as high on it as you choose to place it. My objection to endorsing this paper is, that it is calculated to forestall other Officers who will also be recommended for promotion.
After the recommendations for promotion have been sent in I will have no objection to then endorsing favorably Genl Hazen's seperate recommendation.
U S GRANT
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 34, 35; DNA, RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Letters Sent.
January 17th 1864
FRANCIS SOUTHWICK, ESQ.
ALBANY N. Y.
Owing to my absence in East Tennessee your letter of the 17th of Dec. is only just laid before me.
If I had the time, and the facilities for getting facts not already known to myself, I would delight in giving you items for the biography of an officer so much to be admired as the late Maj. Gen.