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Chapter 19: days of depression. Reverses on all lines Zollicoffer's death Mr. Benjamin, Secretary of war transportation dangers the Tennessee river forts Forrest, and Morgan gloom follows Nashville's fall Government blamed by people the permanent Government Mr. Davis' typical inaugural its effect and its Sequence Cabinet changes. The proverb that misfortunes never come singly soon became a painful verity in the South; and a terrible reaction began to still the high-beating
om his own section, he seemed as ubiquitous as untiring.
Keeping a constant front to the enemy-now here, now there, and ever cool, dauntless and unflinching-he gave invaluable aid in covering the rear of that retreat.
About this time, also, John H. Morgan began to make his name known as a partisan chief; and no more thrilling and romantic pages show in the history of the times, than those retailing how he harassed and hurt the Federals while in Nashville.
During the progress of these event
Chapter 19: days of depression. Reverses on all lines Zollicoffer's death Mr. Benjamin, Secretary of war transportation dangers the Tennessee river forts Forrest, and Morgan gloom follow
Mr. Davis soon afterward relieved Secretary Walker from the duties of the War Office; putting Mr. Benjamin in his seat as temporary incumbent.
The latter, as before stated, was known as a shrewd lawy ing decision and independence, combined with intimate knowledge of military matters.
Besides Mr. Benjamin personally had become exceedingly unpopular with the masses.
Whether this arose from the una lso be its head.
His advent, therefore, was hailed as a new era in military matters.
But Mr. Benjamin, who became daily more unpopular, had been removed from the War Department only to be returne that, though the foreign affairs of the Government might not call for very decided measures, Mr. Benjamin would not scruple-now that he more than ever had the ear of his chief — to go beyond his own