Advise me of your decision as early as you can—certainly this week. You will be subject to no supervision except by the usual board of visitors and the general commanding the army.W. T. Sherman, General.
(Telegram.)President, Secretary of War, and yourself in desiring me to accept it. Under the circumstances I cannot decline. . . .J. M. Schofield, Major-General.
(Telegram.)Headquarters of the army, Washington, D. C., March 30, 1876.Despatch received, and am much pleased; think you can add new luster to the old academy. It has always needed a head with rank and experience, and now I am sure that the whole country will be satisfied. . . . I am not yet resolved on my own course of action, but will be governed by events to occur in this week.
General J. M. Schofield, San Francisco, California:W. T. Sherman, General.
headquarters Mil. Div. Of the Pacific, San Francisco, Cal., March 30, 1876.my dear General: I was not taken entirely by surprise by your despatch relative to the West Point superintendency. General Grant mentioned the subject to me soon after the war, and army officers since that time have spoken of it often enough to keep me in mind of the fact that I might some time be called upon to assume that responsibility. Yet it is with a strong feeling of reluctance that I have brought myself to regard
General Sherman, etc., Washington, D. C.
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