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Chapter XVIII

  • Transfer of the Twenty
  • -- third Corps to North Carolina -- Sherman's plan of marching to the rear of Lee -- the surrender of J. E. Johnston's army -- authorship of the approved terms of surrender -- political reconstruction -- Sherman's genius -- contrast between Grant and Sherman -- Halleck's characteristics -- his attempt to supplant Grant -- personal feeling in battle -- the Scars of War.

upon the termination of the campaign of 1864 in Tennessee, General Grant ordered me, with the Twenty-third Corps, to the coast of North Carolina, via Louisville, Cincinnati, Pittsburg, Washington, and the sea. Under the direction of the Assistant Secretary of War, Charles A. Dana, and the personal management of Colonel Lewis B. Parsons of the quartermaster's department, that movement was made without any necessity for the exercise of direction or control on my part, in respect to routes or otherwise. I enjoyed very much being a simple passenger on that comfortable journey, one of the most remarkable in military history, and exceedingly creditable to the officers of the War Department who directed and conducted it. I did not know at the time anything about the details of the arrangements made for transportation, nor who made them; but I have always thought it an excellent illustration of the good results to be obtained by a judicious distribution and division of duty, authority, and responsibility in military operations on a large scale. This being done

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