Lincoln endorsed this letter. "Submitted to the Secretary of War, & General-in‐ Chief." AES, ibid. No appointment followed.
On Jan. 22, Alton R. Easton, Mo. inspector gen., St. Louis, wrote to USG asking that his brother, Lt. Col. Langdon C. Easton, be assigned as chief q. m. on USG's staff and recommended to Lincoln for appointment as brig. gen. ALS, MoSHi. On Feb. 7, USG wrote to Alton R. Easton. "Your letter of the 4th inst. is received, but not the letters and papers refered to in it. I cordially grant your request however of recommending your brother for promotion both for his services & merit and for the high esteem and obligations I feel towards you personally." ALS, ibid.
On Feb. 19, USG wrote to Maj. Gen. William S. Rosecrans. "Permit me to introduce to you Col. A. R. Easton, of the Staff of the Governor of the state of Mo. The Col. is the brother of Lt. Col. Langdon Easton, Chf Q. M. of the Army of the Cumberland, and an old particular friend of mine whilst I was a citizen of Mo. He is a gentleman who I have more cause to remember favorably than almost any other in the City of St. Louis. —As you will necessarily be favorably impressed with him, on acquaintance, it is only necessary for me to add that I will regard courtesies shown him as favors to myself." ALS, DNA, RG 109, Union Provost Marshals' File of Papers Relating to Individual Civilians.
Feby 8th 1864-10 30 a m
MAJ GEN H W. HALLECK
GEN IN CHIEF
Can troops be sent me to take the place of Veterans gone home and those still awaiting furloughs—If immediate furloughs could be given it would stimulate reenlistments—There is necessity for all the troops now in the field Furloughs therefore can only be given as other troops arrive to take the place of those furloughed
U S GRANT
Telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); copies, ibid., Telegrams Received in Cipher; ibid., RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Hd. Qrs. Correspondence; DLC-USG, V, 40, 94. O. R., I, xxxii, part 2, 350. See letter to Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck, Feb. 4, 1864.