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Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson) (1822-1885) to Edwin M. Stanton

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03923 Author/Creator: Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson) (1822-1885) Place Written: City Point, Virginia Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 22 February 1865 Pagination: 1 p. ; 24.7 x 19.8 cm.

Marked Cipher at top and copy on verso. Grant writes to the Secretary of War that he had a 100 gun salute fired yesterday for the capture of Charleston and Columbia, South Carolina, and has sent out Stanton's order to have it repeated.

(Cipher)
City Point, Va, Feb.y 22d 1865
Hon. E.M. Stanton, Sec. of War, Washington,
I had a salute of 100 guns fired at 12 n. yesterday in honor of the occupation of Charleston & Columbia. Your order is sent out to have the salute repeated.
U. S. Grant
Lt. Gen.

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