Newspaper article on General Meade, mentioned in letter of June 9, 1864.
see page 202, Vol.
II (Philadelphia Inquirer, June 2, 1864）
He is as much the commander of the Army of the Potomac as he ever was. Grant
plans and exercises a supervisory control over the army, but to Meade
belongs everything of detail.
He is entitled to great credit for the magnificent movements of the army since we left Brandy, for they have been dictated by him. In battle he puts troops in action and controls their movements; in a word, he commands the army.
is here only because he deems the present campaign the vital one of the war, and wishes to decide on the spot all questions that would be referred to him as General-in-Chief
History will record, but newspapers cannot, that on one eventful night during the present campaign Grant
's presence saved the army, and the nation too; not that General Meade
was on the point to commit a blunder unwittingly, but his devotion to his country made him loth to risk her last army on what he deemed a chance.
assumed the responsibility and we are still “on to Richmond