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character of Stanton
relations of Stanton and Grant.
At City PStanton and Grant.
At City Point Grant lived a life of great simplicity.
After his arrival there in June, his Headquarters' caman, and Sheridan, and Thomas, and Canby, and Stanton, and Halleck, and the President; and after remation from his superiors.
The despatch from Stanton arrived on the 1st of November, and at six P.e only reply made by Grant to the despatch of Stanton, but no more was said in any quarter in opposhe Secretary were persistent and numerous.
Stanton indeed had many enemies, among them every reb those who had no weapons in their hands, but Stanton felt that these were as determined in their h, massive in intellect, sleepless in energy,— Stanton loomed grandly among the most important charaweapons unwieldy.
But, whatever his faulted, Stanton was not weak.
He fired the engine and worked.
As long as Grant was in supreme command, Stanton was his loyal and efficient ally, and support
t he was unconscious that it was remarkable.
Some of these traits were revealed in the shock of battle, some on the tedious march, some in the general intercourse of the camp, but not a few became apparent—all unknown to him who displayed them—during the long night-watches of the siege of Petersburg.
Even when Grant had thrown himself on his bed, one of his staff remained on duty outside his tent, till morning.
We had learned of plots to capture prominent officers;
Generals Crook and Kelley had thus been abducted from Cumberland, Maryland, by rebel raiders. on a dark night some tiny craft from Richmond might elude the vigilance of the fleet, and a spy or a traitor might be found willing to risk his own life for the chance of taking Grant's. A national ordnance boat had once been exploded beneath the bluff on which the Headquarters were established;
A rebel emissary entered the national lines in disguise, with a torpedo arranged with clockwork, to explode at a given hour.