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    [Ulysses S. Grant]: Two War-date Letters Describing General Grant. 8" x 9.75" letter, 4pp. written on all sides of a single sheet folded in half, New Milford Station, Virginia, May 22 and 25, 1864, from a Union soldier named Roy to his parents. In part: "... We all have great confidence in our Lieut. General. Our men think he just knows his business. I have a chance to see him most every day. He is a very small man and rides a little coal black horse, not much larger than that nag you sold. He don't have a string of staff following him of a hundred men. His staff is one Brig. Gen., two Lieut. Cols., and 7 or 8 captains. General Grant wears an old slouched hat, pants stuck in his boots, his dress coat all dirty, and a flannel shirt with white collar, as most of his Major Generals do. He is not a man that puts on any airs at all..." Partial separation at central fold, written in pencil, some light stains on the bottom half on all pages, referred to by the writer ("P.S. This sheet of paper I put in my pocket and sweat it through..."). Sold together with a 5" x 8" ALS, 4pp. written on all sides of a single sheet folded in half, Washington, D.C., March 9, 1864, from Brigadier General John A. Rawlins (Grant's first Secretary of War) to his wife, a personal letter with references to U. S. Grant. In part: "...Returned to Presidents house where was being held a grand Levee... the General [Grant] was certainly on last night more than President in the hearts of the immense concourse... Today the General received and accepted his commission as Lieut. General...He talks about going out to visit the Army of the Potomac tomorrow... I am doing all I can to get him away from here. Tonight he dines with... Mr. Seward. I shall accompany him although it is not my pleasure..." Rawlins and Henry Halleck were the only outside military men present when Grant accepted his commission from President Lincoln at a Cabinet meeting. Lettersheet heavily dampstained down central fold and at corners, small paper losses and stains obliterate a few words and characters, fold tissue strengthened.

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