August 11th 1861|
|G. S. ROPER, ESQ.|
Yours of the 5th Inst. directed to me at Mexico Mo. has just reached me at this place. In reply I would say that it would afford me much pleasure to have you attached to my Brigade as Com.y. I have reccommended no one for the position nor have I the power to appoint but I can, and do most cheerfully reccommend you as suitable and well qualified for the position.
If this letter can be of any use to you in geting the appointment use it, with the additional assurance that I will be much pleased to have you attached to any Brigade I may have the honor of commanding.
U. S. GRANT
Brig. Gen. U. S. A.
ALS, Mrs. Walter Love, Flint, Mich. George S. Roper, born in Mass., had a boot and shoe store in Springfield, Ill., from 1859 until the start of the Civil War when he became chief clerk of the Ill. subsistence dept. It was in this office that he met USG. The United States Biographical Dictionary ... Illinois Volume ( Chicago, Cincinnati, and New York, 1876), p. 216. On Aug. 20, 1861, President Abraham Lincoln endorsed USG's letter. "Let Mr. Roper be appointed as within recommended by Gen. Grant." On Sept. 9, Roper was appointed capt. in the commissary dept. and ordered to report to Brig. Gen. William T. Sherman at Louisville, Ky. Ibid. See letter to Simon Cameron, Sept. 16, 1861.