reserve, to be commanded by McClernand.
General Grant was substantially left out, and was named second in command, according to some French notion, with no clear, well-defined command or authority.
He still retained his old staff, composed of Rawlins, adjutant-general; Riggin, Lagow, and Hilyer, aides; and he had a small company of the Fourth Illinois Cavalry as an escort.
For more than a month he thus remained, without any apparent authority, frequently visiting me and others, and rarely che slights of his anomalous position, and I determined to see him on my way back.
His camp was a short distance off the Monterey road, in the woods, and consisted of four or five tents, with a sapling railing around the front.
As I rode up, Majors Rawlins, Lagow, and Hilyer, were in front of the camp, and piled up near them were the usual office and camp chests, all ready for a start in the morning.
I inquired for the general, and was shown to his tent, where I found him seated on a camp-stoo
p at General Grant's headquarters, and we talked over all these things with absolute freedom.
Charles A. Dana, Assistant Secretary of War, was there, and Wilson, Rawlins, Frank Blair, McPherson, etc. We all knew, what was notorious, that General McClernand was still intriguing against General Grant, in hopes to regain the command ne night, after such a discussion, and believing that General McClernand had no real plan of action shaped in his mind, I wrote my letter of April 8, 1863, to Colonel Rawlins, which letter is embraced in full at page 616 of Badeau's book, and which I now reproduce here:
headquarters Fifteenth Army Corps, camp near Vicksburg, bing the routes of march for divisions and detachments, specifying even the amount of food and tools to be carried along.
Many persons gave his adjutant-general, Rawlins, the credit for these things, but they were in error; for no commanding general of an army ever gave more of his personal attention to details, or wrote so many o