Preparing for the campaigns of 1864.
personal memoirs of U. S. Grant.
Copyright, 1885, by U. S. Grant.
All rights reserved. by Ulysses S. Grant, General, U. S. A.
My commission as lieutenant-general was given to me on the 9th of March, 1864.
On the following day I visited General Meade, commanding the Army of the Potomac, at his headquarters, Brandy Station, north of the Rapidan.
I had known General Meade slightly in the Mexican war, but had not met him since until this visit.
I wasd by sanguinary war,--the restoration to duty of officers who had been relieved from important commands, namely, McClellan, Burnside, and Fremont in the East, and Buell, McCook, Negley, and Crittenden in the West.
Some time in the winter of 1863-64: I had been invited by the general-in-chief to give my views of the campaign I thought advisable for the command under me — now Sherman's. General J. E. Johnston was defending Atlanta and the interior of Georgia with an army, the largest part of wh