Lincoln, Abraham. Autograph Endorsement, Signed; Associated With U.S. Grant
Mentions of U.S. Grant by Name Are Quite Scarce
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Lincoln, Abraham. Autograph Endorsement, signed. “A. Lincoln” as 16th US President, 1p. 3 ¼ x1 3/4. (Washington). 1864 April 21.
On March 9, 1864, at a ceremony attended by the Cabinet, Ulysses S. Grant was given his commission by President Lincoln as Lieutenant General, thus becoming Commander of all U.S. armies. In addition to getting a fighting soldier, the Union Army for the first time had a man with a unified and coordinated plan for all its forces.
On April 9, 1864, Grant began to issue orders pursuant to his strategy of advancing against Southern armies on all fronts. During the next three weeks, Grant made changes in his armies, including some recommendations for promotions and dismissals such as the one approved by Lincoln in the note offered here.
Six days after Lincoln wrote this note approving his action, General Grant ordered Burnside to occupy Meade’s position between Bull Run and the Rappahannock. Meade was to bring his troops forward to his advance, Butler was to move at night as far up the James River as possible. Sherman was to get his forces ready to advance, and Sigel was to move in conjunction with the others.
Although not completely successful at first, his overall strategy finally succeeded with Lee’s surrender in April, 1865.
In full: “Dismissal by Gen./Grant, approved
Lightly soiled, spots, tear in blank lower left; the defects do not materially affect the generally fine appearance.