as part of the Division
of the Missouri
, and General Sheridan
was in command of the army, a move was made by somebody to get possession of that splendid military reservation of Fort Riley
for some other purpose.
Hence it became necessary to manifest in some more striking way the importance of that place for military uses.
The occasion had again come for carrying out that scheme which Hunt
and I had devised for doing what was so much needed for the artillery.
Fortunately, General Sheridan
wanted also to do something beneficial for the cavalry, in which he felt much the same special interest that I did in the artillery.
So a sort of alliance, offensive and defensive, was formed, which included as its most active and influential member Senator Plumb
, to obtain the necessary funds and build a suitable post and establish at Fort Riley
a school of cavalry and light artillery.
The result finally attained, when I was in command of the army, is well known, and is an honor to the country.
The department headquarters were removed to St. Louis
during the winter of 1869-70 to make room at Fort Leavenworth
for the cavalry who had been on the plains during the summer.
I then had the pleasure of renewing the intimate friendships which had been formed between 1860 and 1863 in that most hospitable city.
Even those ties which had been so rudely severed by war in the spring of 1861 were restored and became as strong as ever.
I found that the memory of a little humanity displayed in mitigating somewhat the horrors of war had sufficed to obliterate in those few years the recollection of a bitter sectional enmity; while, on the other hand, a record of some faithful service far enough from their eyes to enable them to see it without the aid of a microscope, and the cooler judgment of a few years of peace, had so far obscured the partizan contests of a period of war that none were more cordial friends in 1869 than those who