“I know General Meade well. What the objections to his confirmation are I do not know”

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,

Lieutenant-General.

 

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 13, p 300

O.R., I, xlvi, part 2, p 206

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