64. Iowa Gov. Samuel J. Kirkwood to Lincoln on promotion of Brig. Gen. Grenville M. Dodge to major general

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64. Iowa Gov. Samuel J. Kirkwood 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 Iowa Governor Samuel J. Kirkwood to Abraham Lincoln recommending promotion of Brigadier General Grenville M. Dodge to major general. September 24, 1863. As commander of the District of the Mississippi Dodge, a civil engineer, had been responsible for protecting and building railroads in support of the Union's Army of the Tennessee during its highly successful Siege of Vicksburg. Copy.




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Executive Office, Iowa Iowa City[,] September 24th 1863 His Excellency, The President[,] I understand that General Grant has recommended for promotion to the rank of Major General, Brigadier General G. M. [Grenville Mellen] Dodge of this state. I do not suppose my good word can add anything to General Grant's recommendation and yet I would in my opinion fail in my duty to the Government if I did not ask at your hands a favourable consideration of General Grant[']s recommendation. General Dodge is one of the very best military men from this state. He has had a military education, is highly intelligent, of excellent habits, of untiring industry, active, energetic, and persevering and when occasion serves is emphatically a fighting man. He is undoubtedly and unconditionally loyal. His promotion would I think promote the public interest, and has been well earned. Very Respectfully Your ob[edien]t s[er]v[a]nt[,] Samuel Kirkwood