the relations of Grant
began almost with the war. Grant
tells in his ‘Memoirs’ of his anxiety about Logan
's position in the early days of the great struggle.
The future General-in-Chief
was commanding a regiment which had yet not marched to the front, when he was approached by important people who wished him to allow Logan
to address his troops.
As both these orators had been prominent Democrats, Grant
hesitated at first to give the permission; but he found Logan
's speech full of fiery patriotism, and Logan
's action at this crisis, Grant
often declared, had prodigious influence with the people of the southern portion of Illinois
His personal popularity undoubtedly contributed to keep ‘Egypt
,’ as the region is called, loyal to the Union
The occasion of Logan
's speech was the first meeting between these two men, destined afterward to be so closely associated in politics as well as war.
When I first went to Grant
the praises of Logan
were constantly on his lips.
I had never met the great volunteer general at the time, and Grant
never tired of telling me his history.
So, too, when I wrote a volume on Grant
's early campaigns, I got all my information in regard to Logan
, firsthand from Grant
He traced for me Logan
's entire career, by his own side at Belmont
, and in the Vicksburg
campaign; and always said that Logan
were the two best generals from civil life that the war produced.
On the death of McPherson
, the junior of Logan
, to the command of the Army of the Tennessee, which Logan
was holding temporarily.
did not agree with Sherman
's estimate of the relative ability of Logan
, but he refused to interfere with Sherman
was bitterly disappointed, yet he remained and served with unflinching zeal under the man who had been his junior, though Hooker
at the same time, and for the same cause, requested to be relieved.
This was not the only instance of magnanimity in Logan
In December, 1864, when Grant
became impatient at what he thought the needless delay of Thomas
was directed to take command of the Army of the Cumberland, and started to obey the order.
This was the greatest promotion he had yet received and offered that opportunity for separate distinction which every soldier covets; but when he arrived at Louisville
, on his way from City Point
, he received the news of Thomas
's great victory, and instantly telegraphed to Grant
, proposing that he should now himself return to his subordinate command.
Such greatness of soul always recommended itself to Grant
was also capable of intense bitterness, and on one or two occasions his course was very different from what Grant
could either indorse or admire.
In General Sherman
's ‘Memoirs’ he described Logan
as political generals, and assigned that as the reason why he had nominated neither to command the Army of the Tennessee.
His language was unfortunate and gave great offense to both those officers.
I have no doubt that Sherman
himself afterward regretted its use; but once uttered, the mischief could not be undone.
was as firm in his enmities as his friendships, and he never forgave Sherman
this slur upon his military reputation.
In the course of time he became a member of the Senate, and in all military matters his influence was almost controlling.
It was his voice
which decided that Sherman
should be retired from the command of the army at the age of sixty-four, though Sherman
's friends, and many, or rather all, who were simply grateful for his transcendent services, strove earnestly for his retention.
It was a bitter revenge to set aside so eminent a man, his old commander, in the prime of his powers, and in the face of the world, as punishment for a few hasty words of ill-judged criticism.
I talked with Grant
more than once on this subject; he differed entirely with Logan
, and although he considered Sherman
's language injudicious, he was still more earnest in condemning Logan
So, too, Logan
was unrelenting in his pursuit of Fitz John Porter
He came nearer quarreling with Grant
on this point than at any other stage of their long intimacy.
I happened to be in Washington
a day or two after Grant
's first letter in behalf of Porter
was made public, and Logan
spoke to me very bitterly on the subject; more harshly indeed than I ever cared to repeat to Grant
, though doubtless what was said was meant for repetition.
But I did not wish to be the means of creating a rupture, and merely told Grant
felt very sore.
Each maintained what he thought the proper course, and after a while Logan
's asperity, at least towards Grant
, was softened, though he never ceased to condemn Grant
But their relations were hardly interrupted, and finally became as warm again as ever.
's side there had never, indeed, been any coolness, nor perhaps is coolness the word for Logan
's feeling; it was heat; heat towards Porter
, that boiled over even on Grant
There was also a time while Grant
, when a difference arose between them that threatened to provoke antagonism, but this was no difference of principle, it was personal purely; and when the occasion passed, the temper of each was appeased, and they became better friends than ever.
, indeed, was very grateful to Logan
, for his political as well as military services.
In the final effort for a ‘third
's action was as important and as steadfast as that of any other man; and Grant
never forgot those who stuck by him in this critical emergency.
When he wrote his ‘Memoirs,’ he took unusual pains to say what he thought would gratify Logan
; he enlarged the passages that described Logan
's excellences, and was determined to paint him in the liveliest colors.
His heart was in the tribute that he paid his friend, and all the more because of the shade of difference that had passed across their life.
in return was loyal to Grant
when business misfortune and calumny came.
would have preferred Logan
to succeed Hayes
, to any other man; and in the last months of his life he often spoke of Logan
, always with warmth and admiration and affection.
, like Grant
, attempted to write his ‘Memoirs,’ and he, like Grant
, was mortified at his political failures; he too was tortured by financial troubles; and he too was cut off before he reached old age. He did not stay long behind after Grant
He had followed his chief in his campaigns of conquest, in his political life, in his literary attempts, and kept step with him at last in that great march from which there is no return.