Ulysses S. Grant, John Y. Simon (ed.), The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant: Volume 13, November 16, 1864-February 20, 1865 (Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois Press, 1967), 281.
Adapted by John Osborne, Dickinson College
Letter: In Response To
The following transcript has been adapted from the Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress.
Annapolis Junction MD.
Jan.y 21st 1865
A. LINCOLN PRESIDENT,
Your favor of this date in relation to your son serving in some Military capacity is received. I will be most happy to have him in my Military family in the manner your propose. The nominal rank given him is immaterial but I would suggest that of Capt. as I have three Staff officers now, of conciderable service, in no higher grade. Indeed I have one officer with only the rank of Lieut. who has been in the service from the beginning of the war. This however will make no difference and I would still say give the rank of Capt.- Please excuse my writing on a half sheet. I had no resource but to take the blank half of your letter,
your obt. svt,