August 22, 1863

Rikers Island

General,

I have the honor to address you to request a favor for myself if the granting of it is found consistent with your opinion on the subject. My request is if you think my past services and present capability entitle me to hold the rank of Brig. Genl of Vols. that you recommend me for that promotion. [...]

Col. Charles Coster to Oliver Otis Howard [Oliver Otis Howard Papers]