find one in his column I doubt not the head of his column will enter Vicksburg by 4 P M Should you not get one by 5 P M telegraph me & I will have my camp scoured & confiscate one for you cows in all this region have been used as beef or are in possession of the Regt hospitals" Telegram received, DNA, RG 94, War Records Office, Dept. of the Tenn.; copy, ibid., RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Telegrams Sent. O.R., I, xxx, part 3, 883. On Sept. 29, USG wrote to Absalom H. Markland, special agent of the Post Office Dept. "Having exhausted every other resource for procuring a cow I now send to you to get one of those at the Qr. Mr. & Com.y's quarters" ALS (facsimile), Frank A. Burr, Life and Deeds of General Ulysses S. Grant.... (Philadelphia, 1885), p. 411. See letter to Absalom H. Markland, Feb. 13, 1862.
Head Quarters, Dept. of the Ten.
Vicksburg Miss. Sept. 28th 1863
HIS EXCELLENCY, A. LINCOLN
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES,
Permit me to recommend for an appointment at large, to West Point, John B. R. Hoff of Albany N. Y.
This young man is now sixteen years of age. His father is a surgeon of Volunteers with this army and one of the most worthy of his profession. He has been for many months in direct charge of one of the Hospital Boats used in tranfering sick from the camps to Northern Hospitals and has general charge over all boats so used. In this capacity Surgeon Hoff has won for himself golden opinions both from officers of his own profession and from all who have had the misfortune to require his aid.
I do not know the young man for whos benefit this application is made, but the father is highly deserving of the compliment which he would regard as being paid him if this appointment was given to his son.
I have the honor to be
Your very respectful
& obt. svt.
U. S. GRANT
Maj. Gen. U. S. A.