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Chapter XXIII

  • Assignment to the Department of the Missouri
  • -- a cordial reception from former Opponents in St. Louis -- origin of the military school at Fort Riley -- funeral of General George H. Thomas -- death of General George G. Meade -- assigned to the Division of the Pacific -- a visit to Hawaii -- military men in the exercise of political power -- trouble with the Modoc Indians -- the Canby massacre.

when I went into the War Office in 1868, the cordial greeting extended from all quarters was exceedingly gratifying to me, and, I thought, highly honorable to those gentlemen, especially in the Senate, who had so long opposed me, only one of whom, I believe, failed to call at the office and express a kindly welcome; and that one was so great a man, in his own estimation, I flattered myself that was the only reason he had not called to greet me. So when I returned to St. Louis in March, 1869, the good citizens of that place gave me a banquet and a most cordial welcome, in which all participated, save one, of those who had seemed to be my most bitter enemies in 1862 and 1863. It was especially noteworthy that the Hon. Charles D. Drake, who had been chairman of the large delegation which went to Washington, and one of the recognized leaders in the movement, to obtain my removal from the command in Missouri, was among the most cordial in his expressions of esteem and regard from March, 1869, up to the time

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