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Grant And Stanton

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Day
19
Month
May
Year
1865
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Public Domain
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-Which Kanks? The New York Herald is responsible for the following good thing: WLeu Gen. Grant was about to leave Washington to enter upon that sublime campaigu wbich began vvith the battle of the Wilderness, aud ended witb the dowufall oí the rebellion, Tie called upon Sécretary S tan ton to say good-by. The Secretary was auxiously awaiting hira. During the two and a half years that President Lincoln and Seeretary Stanton had managed the Eaatern armies, it wae the fiistpoint in their plans to keep Washington heavily garrisoned with troops. Large bodies of men wei'e stationed in the iortifica'ions around tbe city, and other large bodies were kop within supporting distance. Now tha Grant had come into power Stanto vranted to see that thedefodce ot Wash ington was not overlooked. Tlie Secre tRry remarked : " Well, General, I euppose you havo left us enough men to strougly garrisot! the iorts ?" " JNo," said Grant, coolly; "Ican't do that." " Why not ?" öiied Stanton, jumping nervouely about. " Wiiy not ? Why not ?" " Because I have aTfeady sent the men to the front," replied Gran caliiily. '■ That won't do," cried Stanton, moro nervous than before. " It'a oontrary to iny plans. I cau't nllow it, I'll order the men back." " I shall need the men there," auÊwered Grant, " and you cua't ordei them back." " Why not?" inquired Stantön again Why not ? Why not f" " I beüeve that I rauk the Seoretary iu this matter," was the quiet reply. "Very well," eaid Stanton, a üttlo warmly, " we'll see tho President about that. " I'll have to take you to the ■President.1' " That's right," politely observed XJrant ; '"the President ranks us both." Arnved at the White House, tbe General and the Secretary asked to gee the "President upon important business, and j in a few moinents the good natured iace of Mr. Lincoln appeaïed. " Well, gentlemen," gaid the President, with a genial smile, " what do you want with me ?" " General," said Stanton, stiffly, '' state yonr case." " I have no case to state," replied General Grant ; " I'm satisfied as it is," thus outflankinir the Sceretarv. and playing the same strategy in diplomacy as in war. " Well, woll," said the President, laughing, "state youv case, Secretary." Secretary Stanton obeyed; G-cn. Grant said notbing; the President listened very attentively. Whcn Stanton had coDcluded, the President crossed his legs, rested his elbow on his knees, tninkled his eyes quaintly, and said : "Now, Secretary, you know we havo been trying to manage this army for two years and n half, and you know we haveu't dono nuich wilh it. We sent over the mountains and bronght Mister Grant - as Mrs. Grant calis him - to monago it for us, and now I guess we had be;ter let Mister Qrant have his own way." Froic thia decisión there was rio appqal. Nobody rauked the President. So Gen. Grant went off with the army, and Sceretary Stantou weet back to his office.

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