the first time at a morning paper, one of the first things that attracted my attention was the death of General Meade
, from the same disease, the day before.
Of course the President
did not hesitate to accede to General Meade
's desire, for he had given him, only a year before, the division of his choice.
As is well known, the relations between General Grant
and General Hancock
were not at that time quite satisfactory.
As I knew the exact truth at the time, I think it my duty to state that General Grant
believed that General Hancock
had not at one time shown that degree of subordination which a soldier ought always to feel.
But to the honor of both be it said that their difference was ere long removed, and General Hancock
was assigned to command the Division of the Atlantic, according to his rank.
In the meantime, it fell to my lot to take the Division
of the Pacific
, which I had a year before gladly relinquished in favor of General Thomas
Soon after my arrival in San Francisco
, General Sherman
met me there, and we went together, by sea, to Oregon
, where we met General Canby
, then commanding the Department of the Columbia.
We ascended the Columbia River
, and rode by stage from that place to Kelton
, on the Central Pacific Railroad, seven hundred and fifty miles. After a visit to Salt Lake City
, we returned to St. Louis
, where I had some work to complete as president of a board on tactics and small arms, upon the completion of which I returned to San Francisco
In the summer of 1871, after the great earthquake of that year, I made a trip across the Sierra to Camp Independence, which had been destroyed, to consider the question of rebuilding that post.
Of the buildings, brick or adobe, not one remained in condition to be occupied.
Very fortunately, all in the garrison had received timely warning from the first shock, so that none were injured by the second and third shocks, which tumbled everything