It seems that Gen. Meade’s promotion to Major General in the regular army from his current rank as Major General of volunteers has been held up. I wrote to Congressman Washburne on his behalf and also wrote Senator Wilson.
CITY POINT, VA., January 23, 1865.
Honorable HENRY WILSON,
Chairman Committee on Miliary Affairs:
I see that General Thomas and Sheridan have been confirmed as major-generals in the Regular Army, whilst no mention is made of General Meade’s confirmation to the same rank. From this I infer objections have been raised. This I regret.
General Meade was appointed at my solicitation, after a campaign the most protracted and covering more severely contested battles than any of which we have an account in history.
I have been with General Meade during the whole campaign, and not only made the recommendation upon a conviction that this recognition of his services was fully won, but that he was eminently qualified for the command such rank would entitle him to.
I know General Meade well. What the objections to his confirmation are I do not know; did I know I would address myself directly to these objection.
Hoping that your honorable body consider this case favorably, I subscribe myself, with great respect,
U. S. GRANT,
The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 13, p 300
O.R., I, xlvi, part 2, p 206