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William Hepworth Dixon, White Conquest: Volume 2, Chapter 7: banditti (search)
in Mobile Bay — are swept by one stroke of the pen from McDowell's Division of the South. Next morning brings Sheridan an assurance from the Adjutant-General, Townsend, that his conduct is approved: to which assurance he replies by sending up his scheme for dealing with the Southern States; a document likely to be famous in thr the President seem delighted by such vigour, and in forwarding the news to public departments they begin to use scant courtesy and suspicious terms. A copy of Townsend's first letter to Sheridan, now twelve days old, is sent to General McDowell, from which this eminent soldier learns that his command in the Gulf has been swept away! In telling General Sherman that Sheridan has taken the command in New Orleans, Townsend describes this officer as having annexed the Gulf, and adds by way of clincher, the measure is deemed necessary, and is approved. General Sherman answers dryly: St. Louis: Jan. 6, 1875. Your telegram of the fifth instant, stati