to manufacture one out of the public reports of what had been done, or not done, in East Tennessee
, and the Military Committee of the Senate reported against the confirmation of my appointment as major-general.
Of this I was informed by my friend Senator J. B. Henderson
, in a letter urging me to ‘whip somebody anyhow.’
This information and advice elicited a long reply, from which the following are extracts, which expressed pretty fully my views and feelings on that subject, and which, with events that soon followed, ended all trouble I ever had with that august body, the United States Senate.
I recollect in this connection a very pertinent remark made by General Grant
soon after he became President
My nomination as major-general in the regular army, with those of Sherman
as general and lieutenant-general, had been sent to the Senate and returned approved so promptly as to occasion comment.
I remarked that it had on one occasion taken me a year and a half to get through the Senate.
, as he handed me my commission, replied: ‘Yes; and if your conduct then had been such as to avoid that difficulty with the Senate, you would probably never have received this commission at all.’
I have no doubt he was right.
To have pleased the radical politicians of that day would have been enough to ruin any soldier.