great industry and quick decision, and speedily exhibited a degree of ability in army organization which was not equaled by any officer during the Civil War
. Under his eye the stream of the new three years regiments pouring into the city went to their camps, fell into brigades and divisions, were supplied with equipments, horses, and batteries, and underwent the routine of drill, tactics, and reviews, which, without the least apparent noise or friction, in three months made the Army of the Potomac a perfect fighting machine of over one hundred and fifty thousand men and more than two hundred guns.
Recognizing his ability in this work, the government had indeed given him its full confidence, and permitted him to exercise almost unbounded authority; which he fully utilized in favoring his personal friends, and drawing to himself the best resources of the whole country in arms, supplies, and officers of education and experience.
For a while his outward demeanor indicated respect and gratitude for the promotion and liberal favors bestowed upon him. But his phenomenal rise was fatal to his usefulness.
The dream that he was to be the sole savior of his country, announced confidentially to his wife just two weeks after his arrival in Washington
, never again left him so long as he continued in command.
Coupled with this dazzling vision, however, was soon developed the tormenting twofold hallucination: first, that everybody was conspiring to thwart him; and, second, that the enemy had from double to quadruple numbers to defeat him.
For the first month he could not sleep for the nightmare that Beauregard
's demoralized army had by a sudden bound from Manassas
seized the city of Washington
He immediately began a quarrel with General Scott
, which, by the first of November, drove the old