, however, thought it wise not to interfere in the organization of the Eastern
army, for he had determined to leave matters of administration to Meade
He was always careful to commit as much executive power as possible to his immediate subordinates; and to overrule both Halleck
in this matter would have provoked ill-feeling at the moment of assuming his own new functions, besides being contrary to all his usual course.
appreciated the situation, and though he would have been glad to procure a re-institution of his historic corps, he bore no malice to Grant
because he was unsuccessful.
In September, 1865, Sickles
was placed in command in South Carolina
He had been a Democratic Congressman
before the Rebellion
, and intimate with many Southern politicians, as well as conversant with important civil affairs.
His appointment to supervise this portion of the conquered territory was therefore appropriate.
visited the South
's orders in the first winter after the war, he found Sickles
with his headquarters at Charleston
, busily engaged in the endeavor to build up the prosperity of the State
Grant at this time hoped that pacification would proceed with rapid steps, and was in favor of manifesting the most lenient spirit toward the fallen enemy.
He had long discussions with Sickles
, that lasted late into the night, receiving the opinions of his lieutenant, and basing his own directions upon them, for the two were in complete accord.
I accompanied Grant
on this tour and remember well with what warm approval he spoke of Sickles
gave General Grant
a dinner during his stay and asked many important Southerners to his table to meet the Commander
of the Union
armies; among them ex-Governor Aiken
, who had been Speaker
of the House of Representatives, and an intimate friend of Sickles
in other times; Trenholm
, the Confederate Secretary of the Treasury
, the last of the rebel Governors of South Carolina