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John Harrison Wilson, The life of Charles Henry Dana, Preface (search)
erest and impress men's minds, he must be considered as the first of American editors. Yet it happened that in the great era of the Civil War his energies were so powerfully called upon, and his services were so vigorous and effective, that he must also be classed among the real heroes of that unequalled conflict. By his pen no less than by his official action, he exerted a tremendous influence upon both the men and the measures of his day. As field correspondent, and office assistant to Stanton, the great War Secretary, he was potent in deciding the fate of leading generals as well as in shaping the military policies of the Administration. With the possible exception of John A. Rawlins, Assistant Adjutant-General and Chief of Staff to General Grant, Dana exerted a greater influence over Grant's military career than any other man. It is perhaps well to add that while his family and his associates have put me in possession of many letters, documents, and clippings bearing on his
John Harrison Wilson, The life of Charles Henry Dana, Chapter 10: last days with the tribune (search)
erfect organization and correct strategy. So far as can be ascertained, they had no differences as to the wisdom of removing Simon Cameron, or of appointing Edwin M. Stanton (January 13, 1862) as Secretary of War. They concurred in predicting that his successor would organize victory. Finally, if they did not join in recommendimined, was now certain. The battle of Bull Run, the retirement of the superannuated lieutenant-general, the resignation of Simon Cameron, the appointment of Edwin M. Stanton as Secretary of War, and the assignment of General McClellan to the command of the army had all followed rapidly. Dana's acquaintance with the leading men irying it on, had secured for Dana the approval and friendship of a far more powerful and important friend in the cabinet than even Seward. I refer, of course, to Stanton, the new Secretary of War, and in order to remove all doubt as to the personal and official relations between them, I shall in the next chapter quote freely from
John Harrison Wilson, The life of Charles Henry Dana, Chapter 11: War between the states (search)
reinforced and encouraged by Black, Holt, and Stanton. These strong men had done much to revive the had previously had some correspondence with Stanton, growing out of an editorial which he had written for the Tribune and sent by letter to Stanton on his appointment to the War Department. The lone, and may be summarized as follows: Edwin M. Stanton yesterday (January 20, 1862) entered upont concluded with the statement: If Secretary Stanton can succeed in clearing Washington and iaccompanying letter called forth a reply from Stanton, dated January 24, 1862 See Recollections s and five other interesting letters from Edwin M. Stanton to Charles A. Dana. in which he stated thThe result of this exchange of views was that Stanton's despatch was published without further delanholy Rebellion. Dana did not believe that Stanton had said anything of the kind, and made inquiune was announced a few days later, whereupon Stanton at once asked him to enter the service of the[5 more...]
John Harrison Wilson, The life of Charles Henry Dana, Chapter 12: eyes of the government (search)
he at once accepted. Now occurred an incident which well illustrates the capricious temper of Stanton, and the uncertainty of all his actions till they were beyond the hope of recall. After hearin of news. The irascible secretary was offended and recalled the appointment at once. Whether Stanton and Dana met again at that time, or what passed between them in regard to the incident, has nev after revisiting Washington, where they obtained letters of introduction and commendation from Stanton to General Grant and other commanders in the field, Dana, accompanied by Chadwick, went to Memphardly worth the effort made to get it, but the renewed relations which it speedily led to with Stanton were most important. It is well known that Grant, who had by the beginning of 1863 come to tas well as into great influence with the government. He had been at home only a few weeks when Stanton again summoned him to Washington, and on his arrival asked him to go to Grant's army for the pu
John Harrison Wilson, The life of Charles Henry Dana, Chapter 13: Vicksburg campaign (search)
ngarian patriot, General Asboth, was in command of the national forces at Columbus, Kentucky, while the Confederates had taken temporary possession of Forts Henry and Heiman on the Tennessee River, and were impressing horses and recruits for the Confederate army. Pausing long enough to report what he had heard of these operations, and also of those in the Yazoo country, Dana pushed forward to Memphis, where he arrived March 23, 1863. From this place he sent his first formal despatches to Stanton, All of Dana's despatches to the Secretary of War and to General Grant, from this date till the end of the war, may be found in the Official Records by reference to the general index, serial No. 130. but he was still too far from the scene of actual operations to gain correct or important information. Grant had sent but little news to General Hurlbut, who was commanding in west Tennessee with headquarters at Memphis, and the steamboats coming from the army below brought but little excep
John Harrison Wilson, The life of Charles Henry Dana, Chapter 19: Grant's overland campaign against Richmond (search)
qual to his rank ; that certain transports were not clean enough for wounded soldiers; and that one of them was serving beef to wounded soldiers so fat and gristly that even the well could not eat it. On June 8th, at 4 P. M., Dana reported to Stanton, among other things, that two divisions of Warren's corps had taken position to the left of Hancock near Botton's Bridge; that two officers of Grant's staff were with Butler, making preparatory arrangements for the movement of this army to Bermuyed as far south as practicable, then, if necessary, the Army of the Potomac may . . . move upon the Danville road, leaving its base of supplies here to be guarded by its fortifications and the forces of General Butler. Official Records, Dana to Stanton, July 20, 1864-5 P. M. This statement, it will be observed, is most important, as it clearly shows that Grant's plan on that day was to break up the Confederate railroads, and force his way by the left flank to the Appomattox River. It is a
John Harrison Wilson, The life of Charles Henry Dana, Chapter 20: Confederate operations in Northern Virginia (search)
thus forced upon him, Grant made haste to send the Sixth corps to Washington and then to go in person. After looking over the situation, he concluded to put Sheridan in command with orders to dispose of the Confederate forces in the Valley as a condition precedent to the resumption of operations in front of Petersburg. Meanwhile, this rendered it necessary to maintain a defensive attitude in front of Petersburg, and as this relieved Dana from the necessity of further service in the field, Stanton directed him to resume his duties in the War Department. It will be seen, however, that his last services as a correspondent had resulted in his becoming the eyes of Grant as well as of the government, and that he had for the third time played an important, if not a determining, part in connection with the fortunes of both Grant and the country. It can scarcely be denied that had Dana, during the Vicksburg campaign, taken a different course, and instead of doing all in his power to stre
John Harrison Wilson, The life of Charles Henry Dana, Chapter 21: administration of War Department (search)
e been pretty busy, owing to the absence of Mr. Stanton, gone to confer with General Grant at City Valley, when all supplies must be hauled from Stanton. It is all a desert there; nothing is left encurrence, for the proposal came first from Mr. Stanton. I hope that it will obliterate all unpleat. The delay to attack Hood, of which Grant, Stanton, and Halleck, in my judgment, quite justifiaben. I especially regard it as certain that Mr. Stanton will continue in the War Department, and Go Humanity and the country stood appalled; but Stanton, who had been from the day of his appointmentps, the meeting between General Sherman and Mr. Stanton. A good deal of excited feeling had been c Blair, and whose special object is to turn Mr. Stanton out of office, were assembled here on that fforts, and nothing will. When Sherman met Mr. Stanton on the President's stand, it was noticed byhad my trunk packed, but at the last moment Mr. Stanton asked me to stay another week, and I consen[6 more...]
John Harrison Wilson, The life of Charles Henry Dana, Chapter 22: beginning of a New era (search)
l as the novelty of the situation with which the administration and the Congress had to deal. Naturally independent, if not radical in his views, his qualities soon began to show themselves in the character of his newspaper. He had personally but a poor opinion of Andrew Johnson, who as president at least was a creature of accident. In common with the more conservative Republicans, Dana was loath to break with him, but as the fight developed he gradually found himself taking sides with Stanton, and favoring the radical policy of reconstruction which was brought forward by his friends in Congress. While this was by far the most important question under discussion, the issues were slow in developing themselves. Besides, however interesting they may have been, they were not a sufficient basis upon which to found a popular newspaper. Chicago, although a growing and important place, was far from being, as it is now, the second city in the Union. It was well supplied with newspaper
John Harrison Wilson, The life of Charles Henry Dana, Chapter 23: period of reconstruction (search)
uch in admiration of his superior wisdom or virtue as for the central fact that, having been the victorious leader of the Union armies against the hosts of the slave-holding Confederacy, he had come to be regarded, since the death of Lincoln and Stanton, by Union men everywhere as the best exponent of the Union cause, and his election would be considered, not only by the American people, but by the world at large, as settling for good and all the question of national sovereignty and the perpeturstood, that Law is law, and must be obeyed, and this necessarily included the act of Congress for the protection of Federal office-holders from unjust and partisan removal, as well as the Constitution itself. Knowing from long association with Stanton that he was devoted heart and soul to the cause of the Union, and would countenance no act for its injury, he stood with that distinguished statesman and lawyer for the right of Congress to prescribe every step and lay down every condition prece
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