- Grant's activity, policy, and plans. -- the necessity for placing the armies under one efficient commander. -- the man for the place, and the place for the man. -- appointed Lieutenant Genera. -- the honor and the responsibility. -- unsought by Grant. -- all his promotions made without his knowledge. -- called to Washington. -- cordial relations with Sherman and McPherson. -- no jealousy among his subordinates. -- modest appearance at Washington. -- Dislikes the “show business.” -- presentation of his commission. -- President Lincoln's address and Grant's reply. -- a commission worthily bestowed. -- grand reviews and military balls in McClellan's time. -- disapproved by the Lieutenant General. -- he disappoints the ladies. -- reviews for Utility, not show. -- his opinion of the army of the Potomac. -- customs and abuses reformed. -- Reduction of baggage. -- Grant's baggage in the Vicksburg campaign. -- quiet and unostentatious Method of reforming abuses. -- temporary return to the West. -- his first orders as Lieutenant General. -- headquarters in the field. -- with the army of the Potomac. -- confidence of the loyal people. -- entire trust of the government. -- relations between President Lincoln and Grant. -- their letters on the eve of the great campaign.
After the victory at Chattanooga, Grant personally inspected every part of this extensive department, his purpose being so to dispose his troops that he might assume the offensive in the-spring, still making the rebel armies his objective. He sent an expedition, under Sherman, from Vicksburg into the interior of Mississippi, for the purpose of “cleaning out” the rebel forces in that state, and so destroying