pany, acquire the necessary arms clothing &c. &c. I respectfully request he be ordered to his post." On Dec. 11, 1848, Bvt. Lt. Col. William Grigsby Freeman of the AGO endorsed the letter. "Lt. Grant's leave has expired or will soon expire, & it is probable he has joined his company before this time." DNA, RG 94, Letters Received. On Dec. 2, 1848, Lee had written from Madison Barracks to Bvt. Maj. Gen. Thomas S. Jesup that "Lieut. U. S. Grant, regimental quarter master of the 4th Infantry, arrived here to day, and has reported to me for duty; he will relieve Br. Major [Joseph Rowe] Smith in the duties of quarter master as a matter of course." ALS, DNA, RG 92, Consolidated Correspondence 598, "Madison Barracks." USG also commanded Co. I.
Sackets Harbor N. Y.
Jan. 15th 1849
I would respectfully request to know whether the purchase of Bed sacks for the troops at this Post would be allowed as a proper disbursment out of Qr. Mr. Funds, under the following circumstances
On the 9th of Dec./48 when the troops arrived at this Post there was not clothing of any kind at the place, and the season, and the inclemency of the weather made it absolutely necessary for the health and comfort of the troops that Bed sacks should be immediately procured. The distance of Government clothing from this post, and the time that must have necessarily elapsed befor it could have been forwarded, would have subjected the soldiers to great exposure. —I made the purchas[e] at the time and respectfully submit the matter for your decission
|I am Sir|
|Your Obt. Svt.|
|U. S. GRANT|
|Gen. T. S. Jesup||1st Lt. 4th Infy|
|Q. M. Gen U. S. A.||Regl Qr Mr.|