A reinforcement of several thousand troops was ordered to New York.
But the administration was still not satisfied, and desired Grant to send General Butler to that city until after the election.
I am just in receipt of despatch from the Secretary of War, asking me to send more troops to the city of New York, and, if possible, to let you go there until after election.
I wish you would start for Washington immediately, and be guided by orders from there in the matter.—Grant to Butler, Nov. 1. Butler was known to be decided in judgment and prompt in action, and would not flinch in executing any measures he deemed necessary at a critical juncture.
His name alone would be a terror to those who plotted against the republic.
He was accordingly ordered to report to Dix, and the force in New York was temporarily increased by five thousand men.
The election took place on the 8th of November, and resulted in the success of Lincoln, who received a majority of more than four hundred