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John M. Schofield, Forty-six years in the Army, Chapter XXVI (search)
, in reply to which request I was informed that the accounts had been settled. In another case I requested that my appeal from adverse action be submitted to President Grant, who had had occasion to know something about me. I was requested by telegraph, in cipher, to withdraw that appeal, as it was liable to cause trouble. Being otified me that the account had been allowed. To illustrate the application of the same principle under opposite conditions, I must relate the story told of President Grant. When informed by a Treasury officer that he could not find any law to justify what the President had desired to be done, he replied, Then I will see if I cary officer who can find that law. Of course no change in the incumbent of that office proved to be necessary. I have thought in several cases in later years that Grant's military method might have been tried to advantage. Be ye wise as a serpent and harmless as a dove is the only rule of action I have ever heard of that can st
John M. Schofield, Forty-six years in the Army, Chapter XXIX (search)
nsable to good citizenship organization of the national guard General Grant without military books measures necessary to the national defery advantage of the popular enthusiasm throughout the country after Grant's first victory to have made the Union armies absolutely irresistibt there may not be among all the living graduates of West Point one Grant or Sherman or Sheridan, or one Lee or Johnston or Jackson. So muche policy of the government more than two years. It was not until Grant took command of all the armies that the true strategic principle gothe general military policy. In this connection, the story told by Grant himself about his military studies is very instructive. When askedoks, and never had any, except the West Point text-books. No doubt Grant might have profited by some additional study, but none at all was f former commanders. The development of great military ability in Grant, as the result of his own experience and independent thought,—that
John M. Schofield, Forty-six years in the Army, Chapter XXX (search)
e regard for his rank and services, and to appoint another in the same manner. The title commanding general of the arm is inappropriate and misleading. There never has been any such office in this country, except that created especially for General Grant in 1864. The old title of general-in-chief, given to the officer at the head of the army before the Civil War, is the appropriate title in this country. That officer is, in fact, the chief general, but does not command the army. If it be in a republic where the President is and must be commander-in-chief, whether he is a man of military education and experience or not. So strongly were these views impressed upon my mind by my studies of the subject, made at the request of General Grant and General Sherman many years ago, that when I became the senior officer of the Army I refrained scrupulously from suggesting to the President or the Secretary of War or anybody else that I had any expectation of being assigned to the comman
John M. Schofield, Forty-six years in the Army, Chapter XXXI (search)
General Sherman's friendship his death General Grant's recognition of services his great traittellectual Honesty his confidence in himself Grant, like Lincoln, a typical American on the retimy good fortune to serve in the field with General Grant, it would be inappropriate to make herein to find only casual mention of my name in General Grant's Memoirs. But I was not only consoled, bmotion when told by his worthy son, Colonel Frederick Dent Grant, that his father had not ceased up reatness. The greatest of all the traits of Grant's character was that which lay always on the sd from his mistake gave him real pleasure. In Grant's judgment, no case in which any wrong had bee the great rebellion. It has been said that Grant, like Lincoln, was a typical American, and fore himself. The soldiers and the people saw in Grant or in Lincoln, not one of themselves, not a plrrendered to him, were the crowning glories of Grant's great and noble character. On September 2[10 more...]
John M. Schofield, Forty-six years in the Army, Index (search)
a, 366 City Point, Va., Sherman's visit to Grant at, 347, 348 Civilians, the military arm obby, 150; reflection, 160, 312; instructions to Grant, March 3, 1865, 348; assassination, 349, 411; lled at Louisville, 239, 240, 295; letter from Grant, Feb. 23, 1884, 240, 241; on the establishmentconcerning immediate action against Hood, 237; Grant's determination to take personal command at, 279; refugees prohibited to congregate in, 369; Grant at, 370 Rally Hill, Tenn., Hood takes posse 116; nominated major-general, U. S. A., by Pres. Grant, 117, 543; nomination confirmed by the Sena865, 530; secures payment for his troops, 530; Grant's last thoughts for, 543; relieved from controTennessee campaign, 329; joint operations with Grant against Lee, 331 et seq., 337, :347, 348; posse on military court with Thomas, 277 ; trip by Grant and S. to visit, 294, 295; captures Fort Fisheio Railroad from, 199; Grant before, 232, 233; Grant's strategy at, 358 Vincent, —, S.'s room-ma[73 more...]