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Chapter 18: Dana in the War Department Conferences with Lincoln and Stanton plan of campaign in Alabama letters to Wilson extraordinary capacity for work supervision of army contractors Grant Lieutenant-General Rawlins chief of staff estimate of Lincoln Dana arrived at Washington about the middle of December. On the 19th he informed me that as yet he had seen no one in authority, and I reported the fact to General Grant, who had gone to Nashville on the 18th for the purpose of completing arrangements for pushing the campaign in east Tennessee. Rawlins had gone North to be married. On December 21, 1863, at 6 P. M., Dana telegraphed General Grant in substance that after a detailed explanation the President, the Secretary of War, and General Halleck had fully approved his project of a winter campaign in Alabama, not only because it would keep the army active during the rainy season, but because it appears to have been well conceived and certain of producing the d