Among the army and corps commanders who served with me during the war between the States, and who attracted much public attention, but of whose ability as soldiers I have not yet given any estimate, are Meade, Hancock, Sedgwick, Burnside, Terry and Hooker.
There were others of great merit, such as Griffin, Humphreys, Wright and Mackenzie.
Of those first named, Burnside at one time had command of the Army of the Potomac, and later of the Army of the Ohio.
Hooker also commanded the Armion was not great, and he seemed to dread responsibility.
He was willing to do any amount of battling, but always wanted some one else to direct.
He [reportedly] declined the command of the Army of the Potomac once, if not oftener.
General Alfred H. Terry came into the army as a volunteer without a military education.
His way was won without political influence up to an important separate command — the expedition against Fort Fisher, in January, 1865.
His success there was most brillian