June 14th 1850
I have the honor to apply for a leave of absence for four months for the purpose of visiting my friends in Missouri and the state of Ohio.
I am induced to make this application at this time for the reason that my services can probably be better dispensed with at present than at any future time, there being at this Post, with one comp.y, a Commanding officer, Adjutant and three Company officers besides myself. Urgent family reasons also induce me to respectfully submit this application.
|I am Maj.|
|Your Obt. Svt.|
|To Maj. O. F. Winship||U. S. GRANT|
|A. A. Gen. East.n Div.||1st Lt. 4th Inf.y|
ALS, DNA, RG 108, Letters Received. The letter was favorably endorsed by Col. William Whistler, Bvt. Maj. Gen. Hugh Brady, and Bvt. Maj. Gen. John E. Wool, and forwarded to Bvt. Lt. Gen. Winfield Scott. Four months' leave was granted by Scott's Special Orders No. 59, June 21, 1850. Copy, ibid., RG 94, Headquarters of the Army, Special Orders.
The "urgent family reasons" mentioned by USG probably involve the birth of USG's son Frederick Dent Grant on May 30, 1850, in St. Louis. Julia Dent Grant had been advised by Maj. Charles Stuart Tripler, surgeon at Detroit, to return to her parents for the birth of her first child. Unpublished memoirs of Julia Dent Grant.