Head Quarters, Military Div. of the Miss.
Chattanooga Ten. Nov. 30th 1863.
HIS EXCELLENCY A. LINCOLN,
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES,
In a previous letter addressed to the Sec. of War I recommended Brig. Gen. Wm F. Smith for promotion. 1 Recent events have entirely satisfied me of his great capabilities, and merits, and I hasten to renew the recommendation and to urge it. The interests of the public service would be better subserved by this promotion than the interests of Gen. Smith himself.
My reasons for writing this letter now is to ask that Gen. W. F Smith's name be placed first on the list for promotion of all those previously recommended by me.
I have the honor to be
your obt. svt.
U. S. GRANT
ALS, Mrs. Walter Love, Flint, Mich. O. R., I, xxxi, part 3, 277. On Dec. 14, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln endorsed this letter. "And I incline to concur—" AES, Mrs. Walter Love, Flint, Mich. Brig. Gen. William F. Smith was nominated maj. gen. on March 10, 1864, and confirmed on March 23.
On Dec. 9, 1863, USG endorsed a letter of the same day from Smith to Brig. Gen. Lorenzo Thomas. "Approved and respectfully requested that Lt. Duer be assigned as Aid to Gen. W. F. Smith." AES, DNA, RG 94, ACP, 891S CB 1863. 1st Lt. Edward A. Duer, 1st U. S. Art., was assigned as aide-de-camp to Smith on Dec. 28. Ibid.