absence, I did not wish to resume command over them.
would not consent to this; he said he wanted me to command the Army of the Frontier.
He thus invited the confidence which he afterward betrayed, and for which he rebuked me. I felt outraged by this treatment, and thereafter did not feel or show toward General Curtis
the respect or subordination which ought to characterize the relations of an officer toward his commander.
This feeling was intensified by his conduct in the Herron affair, and by the determination gradually manifested not to permit me or my command to do anything.
He for a long time kept up a pretense of wanting me to move east or west, or south, or somewhere, but negatived all my efforts actually to move.
The situation seemed to me really unendurable: I was compelled to lie at Springfield
all the latter part of winter, with a well-appointed army corps eager for active service, hundreds of miles from any hostile force, and where we were compelled to haul our own supplies, in wagons, over the worst of roads, 120 miles from the railroad terminus at Rolla
I could not get permission even to move nearer the railroad, much less toward the line on which the next advance must be made; and this while the whole country was looking with intense anxiety for the movement that was to open the Mississippi
to the Gulf
, and the government was straining every nerve to make that movement successful.
Hence I wrote to General Halleck
the letters of January 31, 1863, and February 3.
These appear to have called forth some correspondence between Generals Halleck
, of which General Halleck
's letter of February 18 was the only part that came into my possession.1
This account was written several years before the War Records