62. U.S. Rep. John A. Kasson to Lincoln on promotion of Brig. Gen. Grenville M. Dodge to major general

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62. U.S. Rep. John A. Kasson to Lincoln on promotion of Brig. Gen. Grenville M. Dodge to major general


United States. Army -- Officers -- Selection and appointment; Dodge, Grenville Mellen, 1831-1916


Letter from U.S. Representative John A. Kasson (Republican, Iowa) to Abraham Lincoln recommending promotion of Brigadier General Grenville M. Dodge to the office of Major General. Kasson notes Dodge "has long had at Corinth a Maj. General's command." August 19, 1863. Kasson's reference is to Dodge's command of the Department of the Mississippi, which had played a support role in General Ulysses S. Grant's recently concluded, pivotal Siege of Vicksburg. Copy.




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Washington, 19th Aug. [18]63 The President: Sir: Prior to my departure for Europe I had the honor to recommend to your official regard, & for well deserved promotion, Brig. General G. M. [Grenville Mellen] Dodge, of Gen. Grant's Army. Since my return, I find that claim established by new proofs of military merit. He has long had at Corinth a Maj. General's command, and now commands near 20,000 men. His enterprises have been important, and always successful. His merits are supported by military testimonials of the highest character, and by no means rest on my judgment alone. If General Grant's opinion is different, I have been misinformed. I now recall his name to your attention for promotion to the rank of Major General, not more from a sense of merit in him, than from a sense of duty to the country. I remain Your ob[edien]t Servant, John A. Kasson, Iowa