|1.||Jordan, an Ohio native, was solicitor of the U.S. Treasury. Register of Officers (1861), 23.|
Printed copy. Jacob W. Schuckers, The Life and Public Services of Salmon Portland Chase ( New York, 1874), 427-28 (micro, 39:0884).
WASHINGTON, July 7, 1861.
. . . .1 Though I believe we have never met, I somehow feel as if we were personal friends. Your being called to the command of the Ohio troops inspired the first strong interest I felt in you.2 I could not help feeling deeply interested in one so connected with men and a State to which I was bound by so many close and tender ties. Then the accounts I heard of your character and qualities, from those who knew you, and the reports of your policy and action that came from Ohio, and especially the close study which, under the circumstances, I naturally gave to your dispatches to the noble old commanding general, from whom I sometimes differ but whom I always revere, confirmed that interest and mingled with it respect and confidence. In the result the country was indebted to me -- may I say it without too much vanity?--in some considerable degree, for the change of your commission from Ohio into a commission of major-general of the army of the Union, and your assignment to the command of the Department of the Ohio.3 I drew with my own hand the order extending it into Virginia.
These things may not be unknown to you. I refer to them now, in order that, if they happen to be unknown, you may the better understand the motives which dictate this letter.
Major-General Fremont has been assigned to the command of the Department embracing Illinois and the States between the Mississippi and the Rocky Mountains. It was my wish that you should remain in command on the Mississippi, but in this I was overruled. I regret it the less, because, while I regard both departments as great fields of usefulness and honor, I look upon that which must embrace all the operations in Kentucky and Eastern Tennessee, and so downward to the Gulf, as