“I accept the Medal and joint resolutions of Congress which the President has commissioned you to deliver to me”

Congressman Washburne has traveled here to City Point to present me with a medal. He said,

By a joint resolution of the Congress of the United States, approved on the 17th day of January December 1863, the thanks of Congress were presented to you, then a Major General in the Volunteer Army of the United States, and the officers and soldiers who had fought under your command during the rebellion for their gallantry and good conduct in the battles in which they had been engaged, and the President of the United States was requested to cause a gold medal to be struck, with suitable emblems, devices and inscriptions to be presented to you. And it was further resolved that when the said medal should have been struck the President should cause a copy of the joint resolution to be engrossed on parchment and transmit the same to you together with the medal to be presented to you in the name of the people of the United States of America. The medal provided for in the said resolution has been completed and the resolution engrossed, and the President has commissioned me to deliver the same to you. It only remains for me, therefore, to discharge the duty which has been devolved upon me. I first present you with the open letter of the President, which with your permission I will read: I now deliver to you with a copy of the joint resolution of Congress engrossed on parchment. Having delivered the resolution, it is now my pleasure to place in your hand the medal.

I replied,

I accept the Medal and joint resolutions of Congress which the President has commissioned you to deliver to me. I will do myself the honor at an early day to acknowledge the receipt of the letter of the President accompanying them and to communicate, in orders, to the officers & soldiers, who served under my Command prior to the passage of the resolution, the thanks so generously tendered to them by the Congress of the United States.

 

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 14, p 131-2