'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.”
rushed to Lincoln
said, “But Congress has made him general of all the armies.”
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.
's words to Grant
through this time, though once he expresses a hope that as few lives as possible may be