The so-called reconstruction laws, which the President so emphatically condemned as being unconstitutional, were carried out without further objection from him; the Presidential election in the Southern States was conducted with perfect good order; a free ballot and a full count were secured under the supervision and protection of the army—a thing supposed to be so dangerous to the liberties of a free people.
This and many other examples in the history of this country, from the time when Washington surrendered his commission to the Continental Congress down to the present time, show that a free people have nothing to fear from their army, whether regular, volunteer, or militia; the soldiers are, in fact, among the most devoted and loyal citizens of the republic, and thoroughly imbued with the fundamental principle of subordination of the military to the civil power.
With General Grant my relations while in the War Department were of the most satisfactory character.
As a candidate
ordered to Spring till from, 219
Dug Springs, Mo., skirmish at, 38
Earthquake, a celebrated, 430, 431
East Point, Ga., proposed military movements at, 152
Eastport, Miss., Forrest at, 319
Education, universal, 519, 520; the true value of, 522, 523; the foundation of popular government, 533
Eighth Wisconsin Volunteers, action at Fredericktown, Mo., 51-53
Elkins, Stephen B., Secretary of War, 423
Elliot, Dr., president of Washington University, 31
Elliott, Maj.-Gen. Washington L., battle of Nashville, 263
Emancipation, the question in Missouri, 56-58, 71, 74, 90, 103; the doctrines of immediate, 56-58; the question of gradual, 71, 74, 95; ordinance for gradual in Missouri, 74; S.'s attitude on, 74-76, 90; Lincoln's proclamation of and views on, 75, 76, 367, 368; as a factor in the civil war, 235; status of the negroes after, 367-376
Endicott, William C., Secretary of War, plan of sea-coast defense, 487.
See also Secretary of War; War Department.