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nd the immunity from civil prosecution which he had secured them. Later on the same day he set out for Washington. General Ord accompanied him as far as City Point, and then was directed to take command in the captured capital. Ord shared the fOrd shared the feeling I had expressed in regard to the treatment of the fallen enemy, and learning my views he asked that I might be ordered to accompany him to represent the General-in-Chief directly in Richmond, and to report familiarly and confidentially what bject of official letters. Grant was accustomed to employ his staff officers on such errands and he complied at once with Ord's request. He informed me in a private conversation of the purpose of my orders. Ord's task, he said, was to foster a suOrd's task, he said, was to foster a submissive spirit among the conquered population and soldiers, and to carry out the lenient policy which the terms at Appomattox had foreshadowed, and I was to assist him in every way. I was to be given duties that would lead me into contact with Sout
was made through Mr. Reverdy Johnson, who acted as the legal adviser of Lee; he came to see me to learn Grant's feeling. I ascertained that Grant was firm in his determination to stand by his own terms, and so informed Mr. Johnson. Grant, however, thought that Lee should go through the form of applying for pardon, in order to indicate his complete submission. Lee, though entirely willing to make the application, was anxious to be assured in advance that Grant would formally approve it. General Ord, then in command in Richmond, made known this feeling of Lee to Grant, through General Ingalls, and Grant directed me to assure Mr. Reverdy Johnson of his readiness to indorse Lee's application favorably. Accordingly Lee forwarded two papers of the same date, one an application for pardon in the prescribed form, and the other a statement of the proposed indictment and of his own belief that he was protected against such action by his parole. Grant indorsed both of these documents, the
you have done that does not show prudence and judgment. Rest assured that all you have done meets with the approval of all who wish to see the act of Congress executed in good faith. And so, with caution and moderation mingled with decision and determination, he advised the subordinates whom in civil matters he held that he could not command. They all took his advice with the same deference as if it had been an order, and followed it implicitly. Sheridan, Sickles, Schofield, Pope, and Ord, the five District Commanders, all were in harmony with him and with Congress, although all had once been without any tinge of abolition sentiment and all had sympathized fully with the original magnanimity of Grant. But not only was his influence with the army enormous, his popularity with the entire country was at this time at its height. Doubtless it was the knowledge of this popularity which restrained Johnson from manifesting open resentment at the course of his subordinate. Wherev
n the north side of the river, commanded by General Ord. The arrangements were somewhat similar toHorace Porter was ordered to join the party. Mrs. Ord accompanied her husband; as she was the wife get it. 'Tis very nice. Then she reverted to Mrs. Ord, while Mrs. Grant defended her friend at the f the Secretary of State, and an officer of General Ord's staff, rode up, and tried to say somethinremarked; he insists on riding by the side of Mrs. Ord. This of course added fuel to the flame. Whally the party arrived at its destination and Mrs. Ord came up to the ambulance. Then Mrs. Lincoln mer, and before us all Mrs. Lincoln berated General Ord to the President, and urged that he should nd defended his officer bravely. Of course General Ord was not removed. During all this visit ssence of officers because of Mrs. Griffin and Mrs. Ord, and I never suffered greater humiliation andss and a sufferer too. Barnes had accompanied Mrs. Ord on her unfortunate ride and refused afterward