July 7, 1863
- Today the War Department announced that Major General Ulysses S. Grant,
United States Volunteers, was being nominated by the President for
promotion to Major General, United States Army, with date of rank July
4, 1863. It was an original appointment, that is to say, Lincoln was
adding another major general to the Army's list.
And Major General George G. Meade, United States Volunteers was
nominated for promotion to Brigadier General, United States Army, with
date of rank July 3, 1863. Meade's promotion was to full the vacancy
caused by the death on March 31, 1863 of Edwin Sumner.
Both promotions were subject to the approval of the United States
The importance was that both men were now assured of jobs when the war
was over. And the promotions were well earned: Grant for Vicksburg and
Meade for Gettysburg.
The last promotion that Ulysses S. Grant had received in the Regular
Army had been his promotion by seniority to captain, Fourth United
States Infantry, on August 9, 1853.
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