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, and find nothing you have done that does not show prudence and judgment. Rest assured that all you have done meets with the approval of all who wish to see the act of Congress executed in good faith. And so, with caution and moderation mingled with decision and determination, he advised the subordinates whom in civil matters he held that he could not command. They all took his advice with the same deference as if it had been an order, and followed it implicitly. Sheridan, Sickles, Schofield, Pope, and Ord, the five District Commanders, all were in harmony with him and with Congress, although all had once been without any tinge of abolition sentiment and all had sympathized fully with the original magnanimity of Grant. But not only was his influence with the army enormous, his popularity with the entire country was at this time at its height. Doubtless it was the knowledge of this popularity which restrained Johnson from manifesting open resentment at the course of his su
against the will of his chief, and it made it imperative on him immediately to resign. General Schofield was at once nominated by the President for the position of Secretary of War. Grant still retained some of the heat of the contest and wrote to Schofield, who was then in command at Richmond: Under the circumstances I advise you to decline the Secretaryship in advance. But Schofield staSchofield started for Washington and went at once to visit Grant, who revised his opinion, and Schofield entered the Cabinet with the full concurrence of the General-in-Chief. He displayed rare ability in his diSchofield entered the Cabinet with the full concurrence of the General-in-Chief. He displayed rare ability in his difficult position. He was able to perform his duties with efficiency, so as to satisfy the President, and at the same time not offend the Legislature nor the party that had sought to overthrow his ch dignity of his own position. Their relations were always extremely cordial. With Evarts and Schofield in the Cabinet, Grant was able, even as the candidate of the party that was so hostile to the
in fact, regained an influence, if not an ascendency, which at one time seemed to have waned. Rawlins, however, was not to be Secretary of War immediately. Schofield was to hold the place for a week. He had proved himself a friend in a position where he might have given Grant trouble, and this recognition was his reward. Heate; Stewart, Secretary of the Treasury; Borie, Secretary of the Navy; Creswell, Postmaster-General; Hoar, Attorney-General, and Cox, Secretary of the Interior. Schofield remained Secretary of War. It was soon discovered that Stewart was ineligible to the post for which he had been named. The law declared that no person engaged ome time to fit himself properly for his new career. Thus Washburne was supplanted in a week by Fish, Stewart's name was withdrawn and Boutwell's substituted, Schofield was followed before the end of the month by Rawlins, and in less than a year Akerman succeeded Hoar. All of these changes came from Grant's inexperience or from
e establishment of an empire in Mexico. Three months after the close of the war he sent General Schofield, in whose ability and discretion he had great confidence, on a peculiar errand. SchofieldSchofield was nominally ordered to make an inspection of the troops on the Rio Grande, but he was furnished with a leave of absence with permission to visit Mexico. This had been granted with the concurrence defenders of the only government we recognize in that country. He continued: I hope General Schofield may go with orders to receive these articles, but if he does not I know it will meet with n their arms and accoutrements at low rates, fixed in orders. This letter was delivered to Schofield to carry to Sheridan. It was on the 25th of July, 1865, that Grant wrote: It is the fixed dets they desired to employ —to accomplish, nevertheless, the same end. Grant did not write to Schofield again for nearly a year, but on the 24th of March, 1866, he said to that officer: I have n