On June 24, USG wrote to Brig. Gen. George D. Ramsay. "I would respectfully recommend that the next twenty thousand Infantry, and Ten thousand Cavalry accoutrements purchased by the Ordnance Department be of the pattern invented by Col Wm D. Mann. I am very anxious to see these accoutrements fully tested. I am satisfied the manner of carrying the knapsack and haversack will prove a great relief to our soldiers and the extra quantity of ammunition carried in the cartridge box would have proven of emmince advantage in several engagements when I have Commanded. Specially is this true with the Cavalry arm of the service. Hoping that this improvement will receive a fair trial," Copies, DLC‐ USG, V, 45, 59, 67; DNA, RG 108, Letters Sent. See Andy Logan, The Man Who Robbed the Robber Barons (New York, 1965), pp. 78-79.
Head Quarters, Mil. Div. of the Miss.
Nashville Ten. Feb.y 7th 1864
His EXCELLENCY, A. LINCOLN,
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES,
I would respectfully recommend Maj. L. C. Easton, 1 Asst. Q. M. U. S. A. for promotion to the rank of Brig. Gen. of Vols. — Maj. Easton has served for more than twenty-five years in the regular army, and sustained during all that time the highest reputation for integrity and ability. As a disbursing officer I believe he has guarded the interests of the Government with all the zeal and all the watchfulness a careful man could bestow upon his private affairs. We have a few such men among our Disbursing Officers and I believe the responsibilities resting with them entitles them to promotion.
Although I have never conversed with Maj. Easton on the subject I believe he has the highest recommendations for the promotion here asked.
I have the honor to be,
with great respect,
your obt. svt.
U. S. GRANT
Maj. Gen. U. S. A.
ALS, DNA, RG 94, 831 ACP 1881. On March 4, 1864, President Abraham