army, after having been practically suspended from command a long time because of his differences with the Secretary of War
He desired especially to bring the military academy under his command, and appears to have been assured of President Grant
's support in that regard.
also wished me to revise the army regulations, so as to incorporate the theory of relation between the administration and the command which he and General Grant
had maintained as the true one, but which had generally, if not always, been opposed by the Secretaries of War
and by the chiefs of staff departments.
These were doubtless the principal reasons for General Sherman
's anxiety to have me accept the assignment to West Point
But very soon after my arrival in the East
I found that I was also expected to preside over a board of review in the case of General Fitz-John Porter
and in that of Surgeon-General William A. Hammond
; and that my junior in rank, MajorGen-eral Irvin McDowell
, could not be given a command appropriate to his rank unless it was the division which I had consented to vacate.
Of course I could not but feel complimented by this indication that my superiors thought me capable of doing well so many things at once, nor yet could I fail to see that, after all, my care of West Point
had not been considered of so vital importance, since it would not interfere with the all-important revision of the army regulations, and the retrial of Porter
But I had given my consent, though under erroneous impressions as to the reasons and necessity, to what my superiors desired, and hence determined to keep my thoughts to myself so long as the promises made by General Sherman
But I had hardly got settled in the academic chair before I received a great affront from the Secretary of War
, through the adjutantgeneral of the army, in direct violation of General Sherman