Culpepper, April 20th 1864.
A. LINCOLN PRESIDENT U. S.
WASHINGTON, D. C.
I would earnestly recommend the appointment of Wells W. Leggett, son of Brig. Gen. M. D. Leggett of Ohio, Cadet at large to the West Point Military Academy. He will be 17 years of age in June next. His education in the elementary branches has been thorough, as so far as I know, and can learn of him, his habits are correct. He has been with his father from the beginning of the war, though never enlisted, and has been in all the skirmishes and battles in which his father has participated. The appointment would be conferred upon a worthy young man and the son of one of our most gallant and meritorious officers.
U. S. GRANT.
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 45, 59; DNA, RG 108, Letters Sent. On Aug. 14, 1863, USG had endorsed a letter of Aug. 13 from Brig. Gen. Mortimer D. Leggett, Vicksburg, to Maj. Theodore S. Bowers requesting the appointment of his son to USMA. "Respectfully forwarded and recommended that Wells W. Leggett receive the appointment of Cadet to fill a vacancy from one of the Southern states." AES, ibid., RG 94, Cadet Applications. On May 6, 1865, USG endorsed a letter of April 28 of Leggett repeating his request. "Respectfully forwarded to the Secretary of War, with the recommendation that Wells W. Leggett be appointed Cadet in the Military Academy at West Point." ES, ibid. An appointment followed.
Culpepper, April 20th 1864
MAJ GEN. H. W. HALLECK
CH'F OF STAFF WASHINGTON, D. C.
I desire an order in substance as follows, for the purpose of facilitating the carrying of mails in that part of the insurectionary