Camp Near Corpus Christi Texas
Nov. 20th 1845
Having just recieved notice of my promotion to the 7th Infy and having made application some twenty days ago for a transfer to the 4th Infy I respectfully apply for leave of absence until action of the War Department has been had on my application, with permission to accompany an escort which is about leaving this Camp with the Pay Master.
|Your Obt. Svt.|
|To W. W. S. Bliss||U S GRANT|
|Ast. Adj. Gen||2d Lt. 7th Infy|
ALS, Abraham Lincoln Book Shop, Chicago, Ill. Bvt. Capt. William Wallace Smith Bliss of N. H., USMA 1833, 4th Inf., was on the staff of Bvt. Brig. Gen. Zachary Taylor. On Nov. 28, 1845, by Special Orders 55, USG was granted 30 days leave "for the purpose of visiting the interior." DNA, RG 94, Orders of Gen. Zachary Taylor. For an account of the trip, see letter of Jan. 2, 1846. On Nov. 20, 1845, Taylor wrote the AGO to acknowledge receipt of a letter of promotion for USG. Copy, DNA, RG 94, Mexican War, Army of Occupation, Letters Sent.
MY DEAR JULIA
There is one subject that is ever upermost with me and I have alluded to it several times before but I could not resist this fine opportunity, when I know you will get my letter, to mention it again. I take an extra sheet for it not that I have said so much on the first but:—I cant tell why—
I was so much in hopes that I would have a letter from you