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    Ulysses S. Grant Autograph Letter Signed. One page, 8" x 5.5", City Point [Virginia], December 30, 1864. Addressed to Maj. Gen. Benjamin F. Butler, Grant writes, in full: "I see no objection to opening the Canal at once. On the contrary think it advisable to push it. [signed] U.S. Grant Lt. Gen." This letter was transmitted to Butler via coded telegraph, as evidenced by "(Cipher)" written in the upper left corner. Folds, else fine.

    Grant was less than pleased with Butler as a military officer (Butler was one of a number of political generals who lacked significant military experience prior to the war). Butler was himself a Radical Republican and political ally of Lincoln, which made his removal difficult. Three days before writing this letter, Butler led an unsuccessful assault on Fort Fisher, North Carolina. Receiving word that rebel reinforcements were approaching, Butler abandoned the operation Grant appealed directly to the president, who ordered Butler to Lowell, Massachusetts.

    One week after sending this letter, Grant informed Butler of his recall (January 8, 1865). Butler ignored his orders and went to Washington, demanding a hearing before the Joint Congressional Committee on the Conduct of the War, where he declared that Fort Fisher was unassailable despite Grant's orders to the contrary. During the trial, word reached the committee that the fort had fallen to Gen. Alfred H. Terry on January 15. Butler's military career was at an end.

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