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John Harrison Wilson, The life of Charles Henry Dana, Chapter 13: Vicksburg campaign (search)
y any observant person that he was not attending to their transactions. It should be noted that it was these despatches which brought a most important reply from Stanton, over his personal signature, dated May 5, 1863, saying: General Grant has full and absolute authority to enforce his own commands, and to remove any personna to the secretary, and doubtless shown by him directly to the President, was of the greatest importance. There can be no doubt that it was so regarded, or that Stanton's straightforward and emphatic instructions gave to Grant specific authority for the action which he was daily becoming more and more confident he would be compelce in their cause, and were beginning to fear that the Confederacy itself was doomed to failure. It was while at Jackson that Dana received and delivered to Grant Stanton's remarkable despatch of May 5th, giving him full and absolute authority to enforce his own commands, and to remove any person who by ignorance, inaction, or a
John Harrison Wilson, The life of Charles Henry Dana, Chapter 14: siege and capture of Vicksburg (search)
d McPherson considered not only unjust to their corps but a breach of army discipline which should not be overlooked. In this connection it must be conceded that Dana's frequent references to McClernand's shortcomings in his correspondence with Stanton had paved the way for the acquiescence of the government in Grant's final action in the case. I have dwelt upon this episode first because it well illustrates Dana's independence in the performance of a public duty no matter how important theion in a way which no man could gainsay. It is a curious circumstance that neither Grant nor Dana ever made to the other the slightest reference to the peculiar features of the excursion, nor, so far as the records show, did Dana report them to Stanton. On the other hand, nothing can be more certain than that every circumstance connected with it became known at once to the leading officers of Grant's army. Of course Dana was privy to and heartily approved Rawlins's manly and patriotic lett
John Harrison Wilson, The life of Charles Henry Dana, Chapter 15: generals and staff, army of the Tennessee (search)
Grant, Sherman, McPherson, Blair, Steele, and Rawlins Stanton and Sherman at the great review personal letters to StantStanton From the frequency and particularity with which Dana mentioned the conduct and character of McClernand in his corresponn my possession, sent from Cairo (July 12 and 13, 1863) to Stanton, as follows: Lieutenant-Colonel Rawlins, Grant's assfficers and generals whom Dana described in his letters to Stanton. The next officer mentioned was Major Theodore S. Bowerater, in an account of the differences between Sherman and Stanton growing out of the terms of surrender granted to Joseph E.astically on every subject, and often without reflection. Stanton could not accommodate himself to this temperament. Dana,terwards in Sherman's Memoirs, that when Sherman passed by Stanton to take his place on the reviewing stand, the latter proff dramatic account of this incident is given in the life of Stanton, Edwin McMasters Stanton, etc., pp. 288, 289. By Frank A.