boldly marched out & met the enemy & repossessed himself of Lexington & Frankfort before Bragg entered Kentucky / He lost his opportunity and I think will never evince energy enough to improve one that
offers. He is no doubt an intelligent accomplished officer but he will
never win laurels in offinsive warfareWhat you say about West Point is undoubtedly true.2The brain &
activity developed there is mainly with the South--Most of those
who remain loyal are infected with pro Slavery notions: And Why
not? An opposite opinion at any time within 20 years would have
incurred injustice & disgrace: I know my Brother is or rather was infected with the general army hostility to abolition--but I feel quite sure
he never said the words the officer you quote attributed to him / He
might have abused the abolitionists and classed me with them but never
could have said he was ashamed to own me as a Brother: I am well satisfied from recent events he is changing his opinions as to Slavery & now
thinks that the whole system should be abolished and that loyal people
be colonised to the South to hold & occupy confiscated estates of
rebels.The election this Fall is feared by all our friends: The "Union" party
is inert: while the Peace Democrats have taken possession of the party
organization--have nominated men for Congress who will withhold
supplies--and are now working with wonderful activity & hope of success--Mark my prediction / If the war is not closed before the meeting
of the next Congress--the Admin will be in the minority in the House
of Rep.Very sincerely Yours JOHN SHERMAN
| Sherman had discussed his trip in correspondence with Chase on September 10
|See Chase's letter of September 20 (above).|
TO JOHN JAY
Letterpress copy of autograph letter. Chase Papers, Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Wash Septr. 30 1862
It is true that Mr. Weed dined with me. He desired to talk about the
Tax Appointments and I desired to hear his opinions of the various
persons in behalf of whom applications were made. We talked very fully
and frankly as I thought on this subject; and I expressed freely my opinions on various other topics connected with the past and present of our
country. Not a word was exchanged on the subject of the next Presidency nor an allusion made to it, that I remember; and I do not believe
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Publication year: 1993.
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