The Mexican War and Washington in 1861
Among the many notable persons whom I met from time to time in the office of Mr. Stanton during the three weeks I remained in Washington awaiting the concentration of the three corps which were to constitute the Army of Virginia, was Mr. Joseph Holt, 1 who from the very beginning impressed me as a remarkable man. The first time I saw him was when he was Secretary of War in Buchanan's Administration and he was then indirectly concerned in rather an absurd, certainly an abortive, episode which occurred during the very last days of Mr. Buchanan's occupation of the White House. Just before leaving Cincinnati to accompany Mr. Lincoln to Washington, I made an address on the situation of the country and especially the prospective outcome of the threatening attitude of the state authorities of South Carolina toward Fort Sumter. This address was made to the Literary Society of Cincinnati, of which I was a member and by their request. 2 It was a time when the whole country was uneasy and fearful and everything said in relation to
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Publication information: Book title: The Military Memoirs of General John Pope. Contributors: Peter Cozzens - Editor, Robert I. Girardi - Editor, John Pope - Author. Publisher: University of North Carolina Press. Place of publication: Chapel Hill, NC. Publication year: 1998. Page number: 188.