Spotsylvania C. H. Va.
May 13th 1864.
HON E. M. STANTON SEC. OF WAR
I beg leave to recommend the following promotions to be made for gallant and distinguished services in the last eight days battles, towit: Brig. Gens. H. G. Wright and John Gibbon to be Maj. Gens. Col. S. S. Carroll 8th O. V. Col. E. Upton 121 N. Y. V. Col. Wm McCandless 2d Pa. Reserves and Col. S. C. Griffin 6th N. Hampshire 1 to be Brigadiers. I would also recommend Maj. Gen. W. S. Hancock for Brig. Gen. in the regular Army. His services and qualifications are eminently deserving of this recognition. In making these recommendations I do not want the claims of Gen. Dodge for promotion forgotten but recommend his name to be sent in at the same time. I would also ask to have Gen. Wright assigned to the command of the 6th A. C. I would further ask the confirmation of Gen. Humphreys to the rank of Maj. Gen. 2
General Meade has more than met my most sanguine expectations. He and Sherman are the fittest officers for large commands I have come in contact with. If their services can be rewarded by promotion to the rank of Maj. Gen. in the regular army the honor would be worthily bestowed and I would feel personally gratified. I would not like to see one of these promotions at this time without seeing both.
U. S. GRANT
ALS, ICHi. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 2, 695. On May 12, 1864, Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton wrote to USG. "By this bearer of dispatches I transmit to you all the military intelligence which has been received by this Department since the