accompany my regiment in battle, and I am amenable to court‐ martial should any loss occur to the public property in my charge by reason of my absence while in action.
John W. Emerson, "Grant's Life in the West ...," The Midland Monthly, VII, 3 (March, 1897), 219. This was an endorsement upon a USG letter resigning his quartermaster post which had been returned to him by Bvt. Col. John Garland with the following endorsement.
i. The resignation of Lieutenant Grant is not accepted, and Lieutenant Grant is informed that the duty of Quartermaster and Commissary is an assigned duty, and not an office that can be resigned. As this duty was imposed by a military order from a superior officer, the duty cannot be evaded except by a like order relieving Lieutenant Grant from the duty. ii. The good of the service requires that Lieutenant Grant continue to perform the duties of Quartermaster and Commissary in the Fourth Infantry. However valuable his services might be, and certainly would be, in line, his services in his present assigned duties cannot be dispensed with, and Lieutenant Grant will continue in their discharge.
The letter with both endorsements was forwarded to brigade, division, and general headquarters, and eventually to the war department, with Col. Garland's course approved at each stop.
Tepey Ahualco Mexico
May 3d 1847
Just as the troops were leaving Vera Cruz I recieved a letter from my young friend Tom 1 and yourself. Now that we will probably be stationary for four or five days I avail my self of the opportunity of answering. I see that you have written me several letters which you have not recieved answers to. I always make it a point to answer all your letters and am only sorry that I dont get more of them. You say you would like to hear more about the war. If you had seen as much of it as I have you would be tired of the subject. Of our success at Vera Cruz you have read evry thing. The strength of the town its Forts and Castle the