letter to St. Louis
, explaining Sheridan
's mission to the South
Of this letter General Sherman
simply acknowledged the receipt.
's case was still more delicate.
No officer likes to be set aside, especially by a secret order, and without a hearing.
threw his burthen on to Sheridan
's back, by that clause in his letter which instructed Sheridan
to see General McDowell
, and make known to him, confidentially, the object of his trip, if he saw fit to do so.
preferred to keep McDowell
in the dark.
The party of ladies and officers started from Chicago
, and in five days they were in New Orleans, lounging about Canal Street, reading the proclamations of King Carnival, and asking dreamily when the next steamer sails for Cuba