Recollections of the Civil War: With the Leaders at Washington and in the Field in the Sixties

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CHAPTER II.
AT THE FRONT WITH GRANT'S ARMY.

War speculation in cotton -- In business partnership with Roscoe Conkling -- Appointed special commissioner to Grant's army -- The story of a cipher code -- From Memphis to Milliken's Bend -- The various plans for taking Vicksburg -- At Grant's headquarters -- The beginning of trouble with McClernand.

As Mr. Stanton had no immediate need of my services, I returned in August to New York, where I was occupied with various private affairs until the middle of November, when I received a telegram from Assistant-Secretary-of-War P. H. Watson, asking me to go immediately to Washington to enter upon another investigation. I went, and was received by Mr. Stanton, who offered me the place of Assistant Secretary of War. I said I would accept.

"All right," said he; "consider it settled."

As I went out from the War Department into the street I met Major Charles G. Halpine -- "Miles O'Reilly" -- of the Sixty-ninth New York Infantry. I had known Halpine well as a newspaper man in New York, and I told him of my appointment as Mr. Stanton's assistant. He immediately repeated what I had told him to some newspaper people. It was reported in the New York papers the next morning. The Secretary was greatly offended and withdrew the appoint

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