ALS : Autograph Letter SignedGrant, Lewis. Future Union General & Metal of Honor Winner Lewis A. Grant asked that his Promotion to Brigadier General of Volunteers be made final. War date Autograph Letter Signed. 4 pages entirely on his hand, November 23, 1863. After having performed beyond his rank for over 17 months in the Army of the Potomac, and after more than a year since he was recommended for a promotion to Brigadier General Colonel Louis A. Grant ( 1824-1890) out of frustration, asking for help in getting his appointment made official before the next session of Congress, He writes his many military accomplishments:
"I have been in command of the Brigade, as the ranking Colonel, since Febr 21- now more than nine months. There may other instances of the kind, but none has fallen under my observation. This is no small skeleton Brigade. It is the largest in the Corps and one of the largest in the Army, and it is not through vanity that I say what is here almost universally acknowledges, that it is the best Brigade in the Army. Since I have been in command, the Brigade has been in six different engagements, taking the active part in four of them. It stormed the heights of Fredericksburg May 3rd, and bore the brunt of the attack upon the 6th Corps on Salem Heights and covered its retreat across the River at Bank Ford May 4. It crossed the Rappahannok below Fredericksburg in boats under a galling fire June 6. Stormed and carried rebel rifle pits before the other side, taking about 100 prisoners. held the front line of battle in face of Hills Crops over 48 hours. It took an important part at the Battle of Gettysburg, although not hotly engaged. On July 10 near Frankstown, MD, it held a skirmish line of nearly three miles in extent against a heavy artillery fire and repeated assaults of strong lines of infantry. This Brigade was the only Union force there engaged, and it took and held its position against twice its force after the Cavalry had given way & fallen back. It also took part in the recent engagement at Rappahannok Station. Grant received this promotion in April of 1864. He would go on to become Assistant U.S. Secretary of War during the administration of President Benjamin Harrison and would be awarded the Medal of Honor in 1893 for "Personal gallantry and intrepidity displayed in the management of his brigade and in leading it in the assault in which he was wounded" at the Battle of Salem Heights, Virginia in May 3. 1863. Very good, folded, a few ink stains, faint soiling, moderate browning on last page only. Exceptional Content and war date from a Medal of Honor winner.