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sting among the Union forces along the upper Potomac, but for a time the authorities at Washington would approve none of his propositions.
The President and Secretary Stanton seemed unwilling to adopt his suggestions, and one measure which he deemed very important — the consolidation into a single command of the four geographical
In company with the Secretary of War I called on the President before leaving Washington, and during a short conversation Mr. Lincoln candidly told me that Mr. Stanton had objected to my assignment to General Hunter's command, because he thought me too young, and that he himself had concurred with the Secretary; but now, since round the difficulties of the situation by picking me out to command the boys in the field, he felt satisfied with what had been done, and hoped for the best.
Mr. Stanton remained silent during these remarks, never once indicating whether he, too, had become reconciled to my selection or not; and although, after we left the White