only other gentlemen invited were Generals Thomas
, as a special mark of distinction to two of my brother officers of the army.
When General Grant
was inaugurated President
I went with General Sherman
in person to ask the President
to give General Thomas
command of the Division
of the Pacific
, which I had before proposed for him, but which the President
had designated for me, under the impression that General Thomas
did not want it.
A few days after that we went to our respective commands—General Thomas
to San Francisco
, and I to Fort Leavenworth
From that time we had no official or personal relations or correspondence during the short remainder of his life.
In respect to what was made public during that brief period, I long since refused to believe that the superior officer whom I had always so highly respected could possibly have been capable, in his own mind and heart, of doing me the grievous wrong which I at one time believed he had done.
I now add, as the result of calm and dispassionate judgment, that any criticism at that time, even under great provocation, that could seem unkind, not to say unjust, to that noble, patriotic, and brave soldier, from any source, not excluding myself, was wholly unjustifiable and worthy only of condemnation.
His great services had entitled him to the kindest possible consideration of any imperfections, either real or supposed, in his military operations.
Now, in this winter of 1896-7, I have made a careful examination, for the first time since the events, of all the published records of the campaign of 1864 in Tennessee
, for the purpose of doing exact justice to the principal actors in that campaign, so far as it is possible for me to do so. In this examination I have discovered some things that have surprised me, but they have not altered my deliberate judgment of the character of the great soldier