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    Ulysses S. Grant Autograph Letter Signed "U.S. Grant." One page, 7.75" x 10", "Head Quarters, Army of the Ten[nessee]," Pittsburg [Landing, Tennessee], April 29, 1862. Writing to Gen. Stephen A. Hurlbut, commander of the 4th Division, Army of the Tennessee, three weeks after his costly victory at the Battle of Shiloh, Grant orders, in full: "Move your camp forward to-morrow taking ground in rear or to the right of the 2d Division. Take everything including sick if practicable. Such sick however as are not likely to be fit for duty within the next ten days may be left in your present camp, proper medical attendance being left with them. Make immediate arrangements to have and to keep on hand at at [sic] all times at least two hundred rounds of cartridges including those with regiments." Docketed on the verso. Smoothed folds and very minor areas of toning have not detracted from the overall fine condition of this letter.

    Shortly after the battle (the bloodiest in American history to that point), Grant was criticized for the number of casualties sustained in Northern papers. Rumors began to spread that he was drunk during the battle and it was actually Gen. Don Carlos Buell who took command on the second day, leading to the Confederate retreat back to Corinth. Gen. Henry Halleck, Grant's immediate superior who was no friend of his, took field command and gave Grant's army to Gen. George H. Thomas, named Grant second-in-command, and further angered and embarrassed Grant by giving orders directly to Grant's subordinates. Calls for Grant's removal flooded the president who responded by famously stating: "I can't spare this man--he fights." Grant contemplated leaving the army for good, but his friend, Gen. William T. Sherman, intervened and talked him out. By this time, Halleck had reconsidered and, on June 10, he restored Grant to full command of the Army of the Tennessee.


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