had just won a great victory over the enemy at Prairie Grove
The result of this, and of radical influence in general, was that my nomination as major-general of volunteers, then pending in the Senate, was not confirmed, while both Blunt
were nominated and confirmed as major-generals!
Such as Lane
were the men who so long seemed to control the conduct of military affairs in the West
, and whom I found much more formidable enemies than the hostile army in my front.
Herron I esteemed a very different man from Blunt
, and thought he would, with experience, make a good division commander.
But circumstances occurred soon after which shook my confidence in his character as well as in that of General Curtis
and some of his staff-officers were subpoenaed, through department headquarters, as material witnesses for the defense in the case of an officer on trial before a military commission.
They failed to appear.
Soon after, when Herron
was assigned to command the Army of the Frontier, he ‘dissolved’ the commission ‘for the present,’ adding: ‘The court will be reassembled by order from these headquarters in the field when witnesses not at present to be had can be brought forward.’
Upon learning this, after I assumed command of the department I ordered Herron
to report for duty to General Grant
In the meantime Herron
wrote to the War Department protesting against serving under me as department commander, and got a sharp rebuke from the President
through the Secretary of War
This brief explanation is all that seems necessary to show the connection between the several events as they appear in the official records.
After the battle of Prairie Grove
, being then in St. Louis
, I asked General Curtis
to let me go down the Mississippi
and join the expedition against Vicksburg
, saying that as Blunt
had won a battle in my