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John Harrison Wilson, The life of Charles Henry Dana, Chapter 16: Dana returns to Washington (search)
ee-quarter rations, and that it was imperatively necessary to open the river and shorten the lines of wagon transportation. On the 15th he reported that it was still raining with great violence, the mud in the roads was constantly growing deeper, that the troops had now been put on half rations, and that it would soon become necessary for all persons except soldiers to leave Chattanooga. In that case he asked if he should return to Washington or endeavor to make his way to Burnside. On October 16th he reported that although there had been but little rain for sixteen hours the mud was growing deeper, the mortality along the animals increasing, that the mules were too weak to haul the wagons up the mountains without doubling the teams, and that the chief of artillery had told him that in case of retirement he could not possibly haul away the artillery with the horses that are left. In the same despatch he adds: Nothing can prevent the retreat of the army from this place within
John Harrison Wilson, The life of Charles Henry Dana, Chapter 24: Grant's first administration (search)
se the price of gold, whereupon the Sun called upon the Treasury Department to block the game of this unscrupulous ring, and this was done, mainly through the President's own intervention, on what came to be known as Black Friday. The story of that memorable day, involving as it did many distinguished names, has never been fully told, but one of its consequences was to call forth a letter from General Grant to Robert Bonner, which was widely published and commented upon. In its issue of October 16th, the Sun, after praising the President for writing it, as one of the most sensible things he had ever done, declared: This letter disposes of the efforts to involve General Grant with the gold conspirators. He had no more to do with the gold speculation than any other innocent man, except that he ordered gold sold, and thus broke the ring. The plans of the conspirators to involve General Grant, and thus to make their own fortune or ruin his reputation, were very skilful and adroit