festive air. The main difficulty lay with those great officers whose functions Sheridan
was about to seize.
The mission was unusual, the method of it irregular.
is not strong enough for his place, a firmer hand might be sent down, without calling Philip Sheridan
from the shores of Lake Michigan
If unity of command is needed, General McDowell
is the officer in charge of the South
If the situation is thought so serious that a higher officer than McDowell
should be on the spot, General Sherman
is that higher officer.
It is no great secret that General Sherman
notes these doings of Belknap
and the War Office with alarm.
has no taint of Caesarism.
A patriot first, a soldier afterwards, he values military prowess mainly as the shield of liberty and safeguard of the Commonwealth
Unable to support a personal policy, even by his silence, he has broken with the presidents, secretaries
, and adjutants, and shifted his Headquarters from Washington
to St. Louis
, where he stands apart, an American Achilles, disgusted by the passing phase of public affairs.
is too great a man to slight; and Belknap
, on receiving Sheridan
's answer, sent a confidential