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s in Tennessee, having at our last meeting there congratulated him upon his well-deserved promotion to the highest permanent grade, that of major-general in the regular army, I had no further official intercourse with him, and, so far as I can recollect, did not see him until after June 1, 1868, when I entered the War Department.
During the intervening time—more than three years—my attention had been absorbed by important duties, including a mission to France in defense of the then violated Monroe doctrine, and command in Virginia during a part of the period of reconstruction.
I had not even seen the official reports of the campaign in Tennessee, they having been made public while I was in Europe.
Some time in 1868-9 a staff officer in the War Department brought to my notice the indorsement made by General Thomas on my report of the battle of Franklin, and of the preceding operations from the time when, by his order, I assumed command of the army in the field, as follows: