of his death, at which time I was in command of the army.
But his principal associate, the Hon. Henry T. Blow
, could not forgive me, for what thing especially I do not know, unless for my offense in arresting a ‘loyal’ editor, for which he denounced me in a telegram to the President
That was, no doubt, a very grave offense, but a natural one for a young soldier.
Indeed, old as I am now, and much sad experience as I have had with the press, I would probably do the same thing again.
That ‘loyal’ editor, professing the greatest zeal for the Union
cause and devotion to the National Government
, had published, in a city under martial law, a confidential letter from the President
, the commander-in-chief
of the army, to the commanding general
of that department.
The ever kind and indulgent President
was only too willing to overlook such an offense on the part of one who professed to be a friend of the Union
But a soldier could not overlook such an outrage as that upon his commander-in-chief, and upon the cause he was sworn to defend.
Though his respect for a free press be profound, there are some kinds of freedom which must, in time of war, be crushed, even though the soldier himself may also be crushed.
A soldier who is not ready to meet his fate in that way, as well as in battle, is not fit to command.
In President Grant
's order of March, 1869, assigning the general officers
to commands, the Department of the Missouri again fell to my lot. I relieved Lieutenant-General Sheridan
, who took command of the Division
of the Missouri
, and removed his headquarters from St. Louis
, which then became for the first time the principal military center of all the Western
These arrangements were intended to be as nearly permanent as practicable, so that all might have a period of comparative rest after the eight years of war and strife.
I then reverted, for the first time in those eight