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    Grant sends two photographs to the daughter of a Virginia Unionist

    Ulysses S. Grant Autograph Letter Signed. One ruled page, 5" x 7.5", n.p., April 29, 1864, on letterhead reading, "Head-Quarters, Army of the Potomac" to Colonel T. S. Bowers at "Gen. Grants Hd Qrs." In this letter written only weeks after President Lincoln had promoted Grant to Lieutenant General, commander all Union Armies, General Grant asks his Assistant Adjutant-General to send two of his photographs to "Miss Botts." Folds and resulting separations have been professionally repaired. Mounting remnants on the right side of the reverse do not detract from the document. Expected minor soiling. In full:

    "Look in my desk and find to [two] of my photographs and send them by an orderly to Miss Botts. You will find them in a pidgeon hole on right hand side of the desk."

    Shortly before launching the Overland Campaign against General Lee, Grant had headquartered in Culpeper County, Virginia, with General George Meade's Army of the Potomac. Miss Botts is likely the daughter of John M. Botts, a staunch Unionist of Culpeper County who had served antebellum Virginia as a U.S. Representative. Botts had three daughters: Rosalie, Isabella, and Mary, any of which may be the recipient. Earlier in 1862, Mr. Botts was imprisoned for his outspoken Unionist views. In 1866, Col. Bowers, the recipient of this letter, was killed trying to jump aboard a moving train that carried Grant.

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    June, 2015
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