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[111] Grant's friend through thick and thin. The Secretary of War had made one supreme effort to maintain his dictatorship over the movements of the army. The report of his fall is thus: Hearing from Grant that certain troops were to be disposed in a certain way, he objected that he had other plans, and could not allow it. Grant said, “But the order has been given.” The domineering Stanton then objected much more; and always, when he paused, Grant imperturbably replied, “But the order has been given.” The Secretary rushed to Lincoln. Lincoln said, “But Congress has made him general of all the armies.” The Secretary still poured himself out; and still the deprecating Lincoln murmured only, “But Congress has made him general of all the armies.” There it stopped permanently.

And Lincoln's words to Grant through this time, though once he expresses a hope that as few lives as possible may be

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