I wrote to my Father,
Headquarters Armies of the U. S.
City Point Va. Dec 20. 1864,
Sherman has now demonstrated his great Capacity as a Soldier by his unequaled campaign through Georgia. I know him well as one of the greatest purest and best of men. He is poor and always will be, but he is great and magnanimous—an Ohian, and I think entitled to their greatest esteem and even benevolence. Now what I Started to write about is this, I am not acquainted sufficiently in Cincinnati to select the right person to write to, to inaugurate a Subscription to present Mrs Sherman a comfortable furnished house—Cincinnati will always be proud of Sherman as a citizen of that city and Ohio may well be proud of him. If you can get this thing up, put down for me $500, and for Genl R. Ingalls $250 more. I have been the recipient of many favors from the public & will be but too happy if I can call their attention to one of our nobles, greatest best men. I hope you will see some of the leading Union men of Cincinnati all of whom you are acquainted with, and have this thing put on foot without noise or parade. Sherman would not approve of what I am doing in this matter, but still he would feel Complimented & would appreciate such recognition of his Services.
U. S. Grant Lt Gn
The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 13, p 148-9