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    Ulysses S. Grant Book Signed "U. S. Grant / Lt. Gen. U.S.A." on the cover of the Report of Lieut. General U. S. Grant, of the Armies of the United States. 1864-'65 (Washington: Government Printing Office, 1865). The general gave this book to Union Colonel Absalom H. Markland, who has signed his own name on the cover near the top margin.

    General Grant submitted this forty-four-page report "of the operations of the armies of the United States from the date of my appointment to command the same" to War Secretary Edwin Stanton on July 22, 1865 (page 1). Some wear and minor stains to the blue wrappers exists. The front wrapper has started detaching along the spine and has some minor chips and tears along edges. Affixed to the inside front cover is a note reading, "Valuable. Genl Grants report 1864-1865 autograph presentation to A. H. Markland."


    More Information: During the Civil War, Kentucky-native Absalom Markland served as a special agent of the Post Office Department assigned to General Grant's staff. He was also 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 and became a government official in the Office of Indian Affairs. During the presidential campaign of 1860, he supported candidate 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 to the Union, but General Grant soon assigned him charge of mail delivery for his Army of the Tennessee. 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 President Lincoln and generals.



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