and West now talk openly and boldly of resisting the draft, and it is believed that the leaders of the Peace branch of the Democratic party are doing all in their power to bring about this result.
The evidence of this has increased very much within the last few days.
It is probably thought that such a thing will have its effect upon the next election by showing the inability of the present administration to carry on the war with an armed opposition in the loyal states.—Halleck to Grant, August, 1864. and, naturally enough, was dreaded by the government.
Grant, however, remained urgent, and on the l3th of September, he wrote to Stanton: We ought to have the whole number of men called for by the President, in the shortest possible time.
Prompt action in filling up our armies will have more effect upon the enemy than a victory.
They profess to believe, and make their men believe, there is such a party in favor of recognizing Southern independence that the draft cannot be enforced.