Head Quarters, Mil. Div. of the Miss.
Chattanooga Ten. Dec. 2d 1863,
HIS EXCELLENCY A. LINCOLN
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.
Permit me earnestly to recommend Col. A. L. Chetlaine, 12th Ill. Vols. for promotion to the rank of Brig. Gen. to command Colored troops. Col. Chetlaine has commanded a regiment, and part of the time a Brigade, under me for a long time, in fact from the begining of the War. Since the siege of Corinth however his command has not been immediately with me his regiment having formed a part of the garrison of Corinth from its capture until recently.
Col. Chetlaine is a soldierly man and attentive to his duties. He will take great pride in bringing a brigade of troops entrusted to him to the highest possible standard of discipline.
Should you see fit to confer this appointment I would recommend that Col. Chetlaine be ordered to report to Brig. Gen. L. Thomas for duty on the Miss. river where nearly all the Colored troops now are.
I have the honor to be,
your obt. svt.
U. S. GRANT
ALS, DNA, RG 94, ACP, C156 CB 1883. On Dec. 12, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln endorsed this letter. "Unless there be some objection unknown to me, the Secretary of War please carry out the within recommendation of Gen. Grant at once—" AES, ibid. Col. Augustus L. Chetlain, 12th Ill., was appointed brig. gen. "to command colored troops." Army and Navy Journal, I, 17 (Dec. 19, 1863), 263. On Dec. 31, Lincoln nominated Chetlain to rank from Dec. 18, but on April 1, 1864, the Senate returned the nomination "with the suggestion that the words 'to command colored troops' be stricken ..." Senate Executive Journal, XIII, 470. Accordingly resubmitted, it was confirmed on April 14. On Feb. 15, Chetlain had written to U. S. Representative Elihu B. Washburne. "... I had