n the organization of the staff.
General Rufus Ingalls, who had distinguished himself by the exhibition of signal ability as chief quartermaster of the Army of the Potomac, was assigned to duty as chief quartermaster upon the staff of the general-in-chief.
Grant and he had been classmates at West Point, and were on terms of extreme intimacy.
Ingalls was exceedingly popular in the army, and both officially and personally was regarded as an important acquisition to the staff.
Lieutenant-colonel M. R. Morgan, an efficient and experienced officer of the commissary department, was added to the staff of the general-in-chief as chief commissary; thirty years after he became commissary-general of the army.
Soon after General M. R. Patrick was made provost-marshal-general, and General George H. Sharpe was assigned to duty as his assistant.
The latter officer rendered invaluable service in obtaining information regarding the enemy by his employment of scouts and his skill in examining pr
ning our present strength.
General Grant had taken great pains to have a daily estimate made of the enemy's forces from all the data that could be obtained, and judging it to be about 25,000 at this time, he said: Suppose I send over 25,000 rations, do you think that will be a sufficient supply?
I think it will be ample, remarked Lee, and added with considerable earnestness of manner, and it will be a great relief, I assure you.
General Grant now turned to his chief commissary, Colonel M. R. Morgan, who was present, and directed him to arrange for issuing the rations.
The number of officers and men surrendered was over 28,000.
As to General Grant's supplies, he had ordered the army, on starting out, to carry twelve days rations.
This was the twelfth and last day of the campaign.
Grant's eye now fell upon Lee's sword again, and it seemed to remind him of the absence of his own, and by way of explanation, and so that it could not be construed as a discourtesy, he said to Le
chief from Burkeville to City Point ran off the track three times.
These mishaps caused much delay, and instead of reaching City Point that evening, he did not arrive until daylight the next morning, April 11.
A telegram had been sent to Mrs. Grant, who had remained aboard the headquarters steamboat, telling her that we should get there in time for dinner, and she had prepared the best meal which the boat's larder could afford to help to celebrate the victory.
She and Mrs. Rawlins and Mrs. Morgan, who were with her, whiled away the long and anxious hours of the night by playing the piano, singing, and discussing the victory; but just before daylight the desire for sleep overcame them, and they lay down to take a nap. Soon after our tired and hungry party arrived.
The general went hurriedly aboard the boat, and ran at once up the stairs to Mrs. Grant's state-room.
She was somewhat chagrined that she had not remained up to receive her husband, now more than ever her Victor ; but s