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    E. O. C. Ord Autograph Letter Signed: "E. O. C. Ord/M Genl", 1.5 pages, separate conjoined sheets. Head Quarters Armies of the United States, April 18, 1866. To Hon. J. W. Grimes, U.S. Senator - Iowa. In full: "Allow me to ask your intercession for a brave - modest - and very efficient young Iowa officer - Lt Col Hugh G. Brown - of Genl Reed - & Bellknaps Regt - I took him from his Regiment in 62 - he has been with me thru every campaign since - and never failed me at the desk or on the field - I do not know his parents or friends - only know his worth, and hope you will try and reward it by having him commissioned in the regular service for which he is well qualified." Mounting remnants on verso of second sheet.

    Republican Senator James W. Grimes of Iowa was, at the time, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Naval Affairs. During the Civil War, General Ord commanded troops in the Western Frontier, Louisiana and the Shenandoah Valley. He was seriously wounded in 1862 and 1864, but returned to his command each time. On May 5, 1866, President Andrew Johnson approved Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton's recommendation that Lieutenant Colonel Hugh G. Brown be promoted to Second Lieutenant of the 18th Iowa Regiment of Infantry as of May 2, 1866.


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