[March 18, 1864]
GENTLEMEN: Permit me through you, to return to the Board of Supervisors and people of Jo Daviess county, sincere thanks for this beautiful and valued sword. Say to them that I accept it, not so much as a mark of esteem to myself, as an evidence of their devotion to their country, and their appreciation of the progress towards a final triumph, marked by the unbroken series of successes in every battle named upon it, from Belmont to Chattanooga, and I will use it in the maintenance of our nationality, liberty and law so long as the Government and armies repose confidence in me, and an armed foe to these exists. Say further to them that the support they have given me through evil as well as good report, has been to me a solace, and [is] remembered with gratitude, and that, as in the past, the successes of the brave armies which it has been my fortune to command justified that support, so in God I trust, the continued successes of our armies in the future may justify its continuance.
Galena Weekly Gazette, March 29, 1864. On Sept. 15, 1863, U. S. Representative Elihu B. Washburne laid before the Board of Supervisors, Jo Daviess County, Ill., "Petitions numerously signed by Citizens of Jo Daviess County praying that the County present to Major Genl. U. S. Grant, with a Sword, as a testimonial of his eminent services in the present War ..." DS (by Richard Seal, county clerk), DLC-Elihu B. Washburne. On the same day, the board unanimously appropriated $1,000 for such a sword and appointed a committee to present it and a parchment record of the board's proceedings to USG. DS, ibid.; (incomplete) The History of Jo Daviess County Illinois, ... (Chicago, 1878), p. 417. See Galena Weekly Gazette, Nov. 24, 1863. On Oct. 3, Brig. Gen. John A. Rawlins, Vicksburg, wrote to Washburne enclosing "a list of the principal battles