TO WILLIAM NELSON
Letterbook copy in clerk's hand. Chase Papers, Historical Society of Pennsylvania
).Treasury Dept August 29th., 1861.Dear Nelson.I wrote you a few days since very fully.Since then I have recd. yr. letters giving full accts. of yr. doings in
Camp Dick Robinson, at Lexington & elsewhere.Yr. letter, enclosing a statement of yr. purchases on acct. of yr. force,
is also recd.1
It seems to me that yr. whole action is distinguished by vigor, prudence--true prudence, I mean--& proper economy.I think, however, you are somewhat unjust to the neutrality men, &
particularly to Mr. Davis. They have looked at thgs. fr. a different standpoint fr. that occupied by you; and, in my judgment, hung back too
much. Still, I have no doubt at all that they are as honest in their judgment as I am in mine, & I certainly do not claim infallibility. Mr. Davis
yielded the neutrality position here first of all. He declared himself
openly the last time he was here of yr. views, & believing, as I did, that
his reputation for prudence & conservatism wd. give great value to his
co-operation with you, I cordially recommended that he shd. be joined
with you in yr. mission. I wrote a letter in this sense to him & another to
you, asking you to send me a copy of the document which expresses yr.
authority, that I might use it in framing one joining him with you. It so
happens that no copy of the one in yr. possession was preserved in the
War Dept.I have seen a letter fr. Mr. Davis to Andrew Johnson to-day, in wh. he
expresses the strongest desire for the arming of Ky. I am confident that
you will find him a most efficient co-worker.Nobody cd. reasonably object to Gen. Anderson's being assigned to
the command in Ky. & Tenn. His character, position, services and
worth, all made his appt. a necessity. Sherman goes with him at his request2
William T. Sherman was brigadier general of volunteers and second in command
to Robert Anderson. In May 1862, Sherman was promoted to major general. DAB
. He is frank, manly, courteous, energetic, a native of the West.
Nobody will object to him after seeing him. Anderson wanted him & he
will be a great help. Both fully acknowledge the value of yr. services.
You can be made a Brigadier if you wish; but I have all along understood yr. wish to be for a promotion on the sea.3
Cordially Yours, S. P. CHASE. Lieut Nelson.
|1. ||The camp was located in Garrard County, in east central Kentucky. Nelson's statement, written on
August 24, also recommended movement of Lovell H. Ronsseau's command to Bowling Green. Nelson to Chase, Aug. 24, 1861 ( Chase Papers, Hist. Soc. of Pa.).|