Lot 34: Civil War-dated ALS signed "U. S. Grant, Lt. Gen.," one page, 7.75 x 9.75, February 26, 1865. Letter to Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton, written from Grant's headquarters at City Point. In full: "I do not think favorably of Governor Fenton's proposition. The value of 100 days men is more than absorbed in getting them to where they are wanted and in transferring men relieved by them to where they will be needed, and again in relieving them when their time expires." Professionally inlaid into a slightly larger sheet. In fine condition, with brushing to ink in a single word. Reuben Fenton, governor of New York, had asked Stanton if he would accept 'five or ten regiments of State National Guard for 100 days to do garrison duty in Charleston, Savannah, Wilmington or other posts.' Grant, observing that the logistics of such an idea render it pointless, declines. At this time Union victory seemed inevitable, as Grant had Lee surrounded in Petersburg and the Union had most Southern cities well under their control as Sherman swept up the coast from Georgia. The war was indeed nearly over, with Lee's surrender coming just forty-two days after General Grant penned this letter.
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