The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant: January 1 - May 31, 1864 - Vol. 10

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mand, and who after all have all the fighting to do. Rather than to loose the least power to do good, towards crushing out the rebellion in the shortest possible time, I would prefer remaining as I am. I also stated that under no circumstances could I be induced to take an office which would require me to stay in Washington and command whilst the Armies were in the Field. 2

I hope you will show this letter to no one unless it be the President himself. I hate to see my name associated with politics either as an aspirant for office or as a partizan.

Write to me again.

sincerely your friend
U. S. GRANT

ADfS (addressed to Maj. Gen. Francis P. Blair, Jr. ), USG 3; ALS, Claude K. Rowland, St. Louis, Mo. On Jan. 31, 1864, Peter L. Foy, Post Office, St. Louis, wrote to Blair. "I have just heard that Haw. [How] put the question to Grant with whom he is quite intimate, whether he would consent to be a candidate for the Presidency. He answered that under no circumstances would he be a candidate in opposition to Lincoln. I think it well to let you know this at once, so that you may take it for what it is worth. My information did not come from Haw himself but from Bart Able...." ALS, DLC-Robert T. Lincoln.

1.
On Jan. 13, 1864, Rear Admiral David D. Porter, Cairo, wrote to Asst. Secretary of the Navy Gustavus V. Fox, Blair's brother-in-law. "Grant could not be kicked into the Presidency, he would not have it at 40,000 per year, he dont like anything but fighting and smoking, and hates politics as the devel does holy water—he dont want even to be a Lieut. General until the war is over. So having no aspirations of a political nature, he should have as big a command as he can manage, and the success of the next year depends on his having all the Mississippi—it is indeed a necessity." Bruce Catton, Grant Takes Command (Boston, 1969), p. 110.
2.
USG added this sentence after preparing his draft.

To Maj. Gen. John M. Schofield

Nashville [Feb. ] 28th. 10 30 am

MAJ GENL J M SCHOFIELD

Whilst Gen Thomas is engaged in front of Dalton do not think it advisable for your force to go up the valley there is a possi

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