City Point, Virginia,
February 23, 1865.
INCLOSED I send you a letter just received from Colonel Duff, late of my staff. I should be delighted if an act should pass Congress giving the commander of the army a “chief of staff” with the rank of brigadier-general in the regular army. It is necessary to have such an officer, and I see no reason why the law should not give it. It would also reward an officer who has won more deserved reputation in this war than any other who has acted throughout purely as a staff officer. I write to you instead of to Duff, knowing your personal friendship for Rawlins as well as myself, and because you are in a place to help the thing along if you think well of it.
Mrs. Grant will not be in Washington to attend the inauguration, but will be returning North soon after. She would like Mrs. W. to make her a long visit, if she can, before she returns West. Can you not make a run down here and bring Mrs. Washburn with you? Everything looks like dissolution in the South. A few days more of success with Sherman will put us where we can crow loud.
SOURCE: James Grant Wilson, Editor, General Grant’s Letters to a Friend 1861-1880, p. 45-6