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    Ulysses S. Grant Military Pass Signed "U. S. Grant / Lt. Gen." One page, 5" x 8", City Point [Virginia], June 19, 1864, on letterhead reading "Head-Quarters Armies of the United States." General Grant writes during the Siege of Petersburg, "Pass Mrs. A. H. Markland to Fortress Monroe, Va." Markland's wife, Martha, often traveled with him, as this pass issued by General Grant shows. With smoothed folds on toned paper.

    More Information: Colonel Markland, a native of Kentucky, was a special agent of the Post Office Department on Grant's staff and a personal friend to the general. The two had met in their early teens as classmates at Maysville Seminary in Kentucky. While Grant began a career in the U.S. military, Markland studied law and migrated to Washington, D.C., in 1849 to become a government official in the Office of Indian Affairs. During the presidential campaign of 1860, he supported Abraham Lincoln who, after his election, appointed Markland a special agent in the Post Office Department. Markland's initial assignment was to investigate the loyalty of postmasters, but General Grant soon assigned him charge of mail delivery for his Army of the Tennessee. At Grant's urging, Markland transformed the slow, inefficient mail delivery to Grant's troops into a prompt, efficient service that consequently helped improve morale. He was given the honorary rank of colonel and served under Grant for most of the war, often carrying letters and messages between the president and generals.

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