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but no officers. Aug. 14, 1861. I was so occupied yesterday that I could not write. Profs. Mahan and Bache at breakfast. Then came the usual levee. Then Burnside turned up, and I had to listen to his explanation of some slanders against him; then some naval officers; then I don't know how many others before dinner. After dinner I rode out until about nine, when I found the President had been to see me and wanted me at the White House. After I got through there I went to see Montgomery Blair on business. Then, on my return, found some more of the cabinet, McDowell, etc., so that it was after midnight when I got to my room, completely fatigued. So my days and nights pass, a steady course of conversations and orders all day. Except when I get out for a ride, no relief for mind or body. Washington, 16th. . . . I am here in a terrible place: the enemy have from three to four times my force; the President, the old general, cannot or will not see the true state of affair
their force and a good ferry behind him, he was outnumbered three to one and had no means of retreat. Cogswell is a prisoner; he behaved very handsomely. Raymond Lee is also taken. I found things in great confusion when I arrived there. In a very short time order and confidence were restored. During the night I withdrew everything and everybody to this side of the river, which, in truth, they should never have left. Oct. 26, 1.15 A. M. For the last three hours I have been at Montgomery Blair's, talking with Senators Wade, Trumbull, and Chandler about war matters. They will make a desperate effort to-morrow to have Gen. Scott retired at once; until that is accomplished I can effect but little good. He is ever in my way, and I am sure does not desire effective action. I want to get through with the war as rapidly as possible. . . . I go out soon after breakfast to review Porter's division, about five miles from here. Oct. 30. I know you will be astonished, but it is
e to their long home, but not a large number. I can't tell you how soon I will attack, as it will depend upon the rapidity with which certain preliminary work can be done and the heavy guns brought up. I do not fear a repulse. I shall not quit the camps until I do so to continue the march on Richmond. If I am repulsed once, will try it again, and keep it up until we succeed, But I do not anticipate a repulse; am confident of success. . . . I received to-day a very kind letter from old Mr. Blair, which I enclose for you to keep for me. . . . Remained at home this morning, doing office-work, but rode out all the afternoon; rode to the front and took another look at secesh. . . . 8.30 A. M., 15th Am about starting for the gunboats, which are anchored near here, to take a better look at the opposite shore. . . . It is raining a little this morning — not much more than a drizzle. . . . April 18, 1.15 A. M. . . . About a half-hour ago the accustomed intermittent sound of a
's battles. It is unnecessary to draw on the countless sources of private evidence which exist, since the testimony of Secretaries Chase and Welles, and Postmaster-General Blair, his associates in Mr. Lincoln's cabinet, suffice, without extending the miserable record of Mr. Stanton's falsehood and shame, to show his continuous peeed in opinion, and was willing to express it personally. This determined us to await the cabinet meeting to morrow (ibid. p, 458). The testimony of Postmaster-General Blair will be found further on in connection with accounts of the cabinet meeting on Sept. 2, as given by Secretaries Chase and Welles. When Mr. Stanton had s had succeeded, as he supposed, in depriving McClellan of command by his ironical order of Aug. 30, and when the peril of the capital and country led Mr. Lincoln on Sept. 2 to appeal to McClellan to save them, Mr. Stanton openly declared, says Mr. Blair, that he would rather see the capital lost than McClellan restored to command.
, in answer to an inquiry from Mr. Chase, confirmed what Stanton had stated. General regret was expressed, and Stanton, with some feeling, remarked that no order to that effect had issued from the War Department. The President, calmly but with some emphasis, said the order was his, and he would be responsible for it to the country. . . . Before separating the Secretary of the Treasury expressed his apprehension that the reinstatement of McClellan would prove a national calamity. Mr. Montgomery Blair, Postmaster-General, in private letters, from which, now in the hands of the editor, the following extracts are taken, says: Under date April 22. 1870: The bitterness of Stanton on the reinstatement of McClellan you can scarcely conceive. He preferred to see the capital fall. . . . McClellan was bound to go when the emergency was past, and Halleck and Stanton furnished a pretence. Under date April 3, 1879: The folly and disregard of public interests thus exhibited wo
, 307. Birney, Gen. D. B., 379, 383. Black, Judge, on Stanton, 151. Blair, F. P., letter to McClellan, 281. Blair, Montgomery, 87; on Stanton, 545. Blenker, Gen. L., at Washington, 1861, 80, 81, 89, 96, 138 ; his division, 141, 142 ; withMcClellan, 4th Apr., 261.--Barnard to McClellan, 19th, 20th Mar., 246, 247. To Colburn. 23d Mar., 247; 24th Mar., 248.--Blair (F. P.) to McClellan, 12th Apr., 281.--Dennison to McClellan, 14th Mar., 250.--Fox to McClellan, 13th Mar., 249.--Frankliin. 280, 281, 308, for McCall 283, 294 ; receives Franklin, 281, McCall 389, 493 ; ballooning, 309 ; personal aims, 310; Blair's letter, 281, 310 ; responsibility for delay, 283 ; between too gulfs, 316 ; batteries planted, 286, 312, 314 ; naval ophmond, Va., McClellan's plan for taking, 104, 227,231, 233-236, 283, 343, 482. 490, 496 ; Goldsborough's plan, 246, 247 ; Blair's (F. P.) letter, 281; a battle there certain, 307, 356. 358, 367, 372, 390, 394 ; enemy retreat to, 337, 369, 492 ; Stan