row morning. Is that so understood by you.Shall we move at once" ALS (telegram sent), DNA, RG 393, Dept. of Va. and N. C., Telegrams Sent (Press).
Culpepper C. H. Va.
Apl. 29th 1864
HON. E. M. STANTON
SEC. OF WAR,
I would respectfully request that you would give J. Steinberger, late Colonel of the 1st Washington Territory Infantry, an interview and if it can be done, or if injustice has been done him, revoke the order mustering him out of service. He has the highest testamonials for good soldierly qualities from Gen. Wright, 1 who does not give those things lightly. I have been personally acquainted with Col. S. for the last twelve years and believe h[e] possesses qualities which would have made him now one of our best Citizen Generals had his lot been cast in the East, at the begining of the War, instead of on the Pacific Coast. I am sorry to see such men thrown out of service whilst we are obliged to retain so many inferior, so much inferior, to him.
Should Col. Steinberger be restored toservice I have no doubt but he would be glad to accept duty on this side of the mountains where he can be brought into the field.
U. S. GRANT
ALS, DNA, RG 94, Vol. Service Div., Letters Received, W2192 (VS) 1863. On July 9, 1864, Col. Edward D. Townsend, AGO, issued Special Orders No. 232 restoring Col. Justus Steinberger to his command. Copy, ibid. On the same day, Steinberger wrote to the AG through USG asking that his commission, due to expire on Oct. 19, be extended. ALS, ibid. On July 13, USG endorsed this letter. "I presume there is no doubt but Col. Steinburger will be continued as Col. of his regiment until the expiration of the term of service of his men without regard to