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[211] army to Logan before the Review. This caused me much feeling, and under the pressure of it I replied that I had maneuvered and fought this army from Atlanta (July 27, 1864), all the way through. Sherman replied: “I know it, but it will be everything to Logan to have this opportunity.” Then, speaking very gently, as Sherman could, to one near him whom he esteemed, he said: “Howard, you are a Christian, and won't mind such a sacrifice.” I answered: “Surely, if you put it on that ground, I submit.”

He then wrote me the following letter, which never reached me until forty years after in Hartford, Conn. It was handed to me by Mr. Horace B. Austin, in December, 1904. He had received it from his father, who in turn had it from a clerk in General Sherman's office. The letter had probably blown from the general's table, been picked up and preserved, for it is an autograph letter.

Headquarters Military Department of the Mississippi, in the field, May 20, 1865, Camp near Alexandria, Ga.
Dear General.: I am this minute in receipt of your communication of this date and I thank you for your generous act. I do think it but just to Logan, and notwithstanding his modest reply to us last night, I know he will prize the act most highly. I will deem it a special favor and pleasure if you will ride with me at the Review of Wednesday next. I will be at the lead of the column at 9 A. M. Wednesday, near the Capitol, and beg you will join me there. Your personal staff can ride with mine.

As ever your friend, W. T. Sherman, Major General.

The second day of the closing Review, Wednesday, May 24, 1865, which so many others have made graphic, when the Western armies passed before the

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