Head Quarters, Mil. Div. of the Miss.
Chattanooga Ten. Dec. 9th 1863,
HON. E. M. STANTON,
SEC. OF WAR, WASHINGTON D. C.
I would most respectfully, and earnestly, recommend Surgeon E. D. Kittoe, U. S. Vols. for the position of Medical Inspector, to fill any existing vacancy, or if no such vacancy exists, then to fill the first vacancy that occurs. I will also ask that Surgeon Kittoe be transfered from the volunteer service to the regular Army.
Dr. Kittoe has won golden opinions from officers of his profession in the the Army, and from all officers with whom he has served, for his skill as a Surgeon and Physician, for his ability as a man, his zeal and untiring energy in the discharge of his duties, and his qualities as a gentleman.
Dr. Kittoe has served with the Army under me from his entrance into service to the present time. I know his social and professional standing also before entering the service, and none stands better. I do not hesitate therefore in giving to this recommendation all the strength and earnestness I can.
Hoping it is practicable both to transfer Dr. Kittoe from the Volunteer to the regular service, and to promote him in Inspector's Department, and that he will receive the transfer, and promotion,
I remain, very respectfully
your obt. svt.
U. S. GRANT