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Chapter 19: days of depression. Reverses on all lines Zollicoffer's death Mr. Benjamin, Secretary of war transportation dangers the Tennessee river forts Forrest, and Morgan gloom follow
Mr. Davis soon afterward relieved Secretary Walker from the duties of the War Office; putting Mr. Benjamin in his seat as temporary incumbent.
The latter, as before stated, was known as a shrewd lawy ing decision and independence, combined with intimate knowledge of military matters.
Besides Mr. Benjamin personally had become exceedingly unpopular with the masses.
Whether this arose from the una lso be its head.
His advent, therefore, was hailed as a new era in military matters.
But Mr. Benjamin, who became daily more unpopular, had been removed from the War Department only to be returne that, though the foreign affairs of the Government might not call for very decided measures, Mr. Benjamin would not scruple-now that he more than ever had the ear of his chief — to go beyond his own