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Halleck handed me Grant's despatch, and asked me how I would like that. I replied: ‘That is exactly what I want; nothing in the world could be better.’ He then told me to take the despatch to the President, which I immediately did, and in handing it to him said: ‘If you want to give me that, I will gladly take all chances for the future, whether in the Senate or elsewhere.’ Mr. Lincoln replied in his characteristic way: ‘Why, Schofield, that cuts the knot, don't it? Tell Halleck to come over here, and we will fix it right away.’ I bade the President adieu, and started at once for St. Louis, to turn over my command and proceed to my new field of duty.

I saw Mr. Lincoln only once after that time. That was when, just a year later, I was passing through Washington with the Twenty-third Corps, and called merely to pay my respects. The President greeted me with the words: ‘Well, Schofield, I have n't heard anything against you for a year.’ Apparently, the great trouble to him with which I had been so closely connected, if not the cause, was uppermost in his mind.

With Mr. Lincoln I had no personal acquaintance, having met him but once, previous to the visit above described. But in assigning me to the command in Missouri he had, contrary to the usual custom, written for me his own instructions, thus inviting my fullest confidence. I had availed myself of this to tell him everything without reserve, and he appeared never to doubt the exact truth of my statements.

My personal acquaintance with General Grant was equally limited—we having met but once, and for only a moment. He knew me only by reputation. I never had any conversation or correspondence with him on the subject, but presume he knew something about the trouble I was in, had not forgotten the aid I sent him at Vicksburg, and believed I would do what was right to the best of my ability. I have had abundant reasons

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