, who was commissary general of the army, and they at once got detailed to positions in the commissary department where they could buy pork and beans for the army, which was thought to be a very soft place.
Four of the others got detailed into the quartermaster-general's department, where they could buy mules and hire steamboats.
Two more of them got into the adjutant-general's department, where they sat at desks.
There were three or four older officers,--one of whom was the lamented General Williams, of whom I have already spoken,--who had been in the Mexican War, who retained their commands in the line and took their chances in battle.
Now, I am not saying one word against those young men, but I am only showing to what — for some of them afterwards were on my staff and served well — an education at West Point brought the ambition of its pupils.
It was not the fault of the men, but of the system.
The claim to that superiority, because they had a regular education, broke out no
145; why Butler supported, 148; supporters meet in Washington, 148, 150; part of his corps ordered to Vicksburg, 458, 463; sent against New Orleans, 470; attacks Williams at Baton Rouge, 481, 483; spies report regarding forces of, 484-485; General reference to, 891.
Briggs, Capt. Henry S., 174; anecdote of, 189.
bright, Jess knowledge regarding those forts, 359, 363, 365; report regarding forts, 369; examines and repairs forts, 465, 468, 490; letter from Count Mejan, 474; reports on Williams' position at Baton Rouge, 481; experience with colored troops, 496-500; man to take Port Hudson, 531; advises Butler, 642; reference to, 649; suggestion at Druryowhatan, 640; repulses attack on Fort Pocahontas, 670.
Wilderness, battle of, reference to, 636; Grant's report of, 646-647; reference to, 705, 710.
Williams, Gen., Thomas, commands troops against Fort Hatteras, 337; against Fort St. Philip, 368; in New Orleans, 375; makes demonstration against Camp Moore, 460; before Vicksb