S. Grant, then commander-in-chief of the armies of the United States, was requested to select an officer to organize and command the proposed army.
In June, 1865, at Raleigh, North Carolina, I received a message from General Grant informing me of my selection, and desiring me, if I was willing to consider the proposition, to come to Washington for consultation on the subject.
Upon my arrival in Washington, I consulted freely with General Grant, Señor Romero (the Mexican minister), President Johnson, Secretary of State Seward, and Secretary of War Stanton, all of whom approved the general proposition that I should assume the control and direction of the measures to be adopted for the purpose of causing the French army to evacuate Mexico.
Not much was said between me and the President or either of the secretaries at that time about the means to be employed; but it appeared to be understood by all that force would probably be necessary, and for some time no other means were consid
Democratic party, attitude on President Johnson's impeachment, 415
Denver, Colo., proited States, 408 et seq.; controversy with Pres. Johnson, and views on the impeachment trial, 411-4; his character, 543-547 Correspondence with: Johnson, A., Aug. 1, 1867, 411; Feb. 3, 1868, 412: Loy of War, 418; relations with S., 419, 420
Johnson, Maj.-Gen. Richard W., battle of Nashville, 2365, 367-377, 418, 419, 543; attitude of President Johnson concerning, 354, 374, 376, 395, 420
construction measures, 419; relations with Pres. Johnson, 419, 420; succeeds Sheridan as general-inps military command, 411; controversy with Pres. Johnson, 411 at seq.; his removal opposed by Grants, 408,409; necessity of its guarding against Johnson's lawless acts, 416; power to declare war, 43's difficulties with, 117 ; impeachment of Pres. Johnson, 404, 414-419; confirms S.'s appointment as interest and share in the impeachment of Pres. Johnson, 413 et seq.; reforms and attempted reform