Lot 28: Grant, Ulysses S. Autograph letter signed, 4 pages, (9 7/8 x 7 ½ in.; 251 x 191 mm.)
December 18, 2012
Calabasas Hills, CA, USALive Auction
28. Grant, Ulysses S. Autograph letter signed (“U. S. Grant, Maj. Gen.”) 4 pages, (9 7/8 x 7 ½ in.; 251 x 191 mm.), Head Quarters, Dept. of the Tenn., LaGrange, 23 November 1862, to Confederate Lt. General Pemberton at Jackson, Miss., responding to his offer to ensure the transport of supplies for the treatment of sick and wounded rebels after battles in Tennessee; light scattered staining.
Ulysses S. Grant to Confederate General Pemberton concerning care of the wounded Confederate soldiers after battles in and around Tennessee in 1862.
Grant messages that his soldiers will transport supplies to confederate hospitals for the rebel wounded, or if General Pemberton wishes his men to transport the supplies, Grant will provide safe passage and also allow ambulances to transport out the wounded and sick.
Grant writes in full: Your letter of the 19th inst. reached here yesterday during my temporary absence-from this place, hence the delay in answering. The goods you speak of sending for the use of your wounded, now confined to hospitals in Jackson, will be received at any point between here and Abberville, says Holly Springs, and sent by our conveyance in charge of some responsible officers to their destination. Should you prefer sending these articles by your own conveyance then they can go from some point on the Mobile and Ohio Road by way of Bay Springs. This route will be left free for your ambulance whilst engaged in removing the sick and wounded.
Grant, with a force of some 30,000 men, was engaged at this time in attacking CSA forces around Tennessee and south to Mississippi, and had taken LaGrange from where this letter was written only a few weeks before. The main objective of the attacks was an assault on Vicksburg, commanded by Pemberton. In June 1863, the battle of Vicksburg took place, with Grant’s forces opposing those of Pemberton. On the 3rd of July, with Pemberton’s forces decimated, he asked for an armistice, but Grant demanded an unconditional surrender, which Pemberton gave the next day.
An extremely rare and remarkable humanitarian communication between leaders of the Union and Confederate Armies.