|"treachery" by unnamed U.S. officers. Kilbourne to Barney, Oct. 20, 1862 ( Chase Papers, L.C.); Long, Civil War Day by Day, 267-68.|
|Henry Whitney Bellows ( 1814-82), founder of the U.S. Sanitary Commission, served as the Unitarian pastor of New York's Church of All Souls. Thomas Starr King ( 1824-64) presided over San Francisco's Unitarian parish, gaining notoriety for his zealous support of the Union. The following month Chase wrote to Bellows, telling of efforts to gain a position in the Navy or Revenue Service for Edward L. King, who in November 1862 served as acting master of the USS Vandalia, a wooden propeller-driven steamer. Chase to Bellows, Nov. 19, 1862 ( Chase Papers, Hist. Soc. of Pa.); DAB, 2:169, 10:403-4; ORN, ser. 2, v. 1:230.|
|The paper criticized Stanton for allowing officers to recruit regular soldiers from volunteer ranks, and Chase for heightening inflation by recklessly issuing legal tender notes. As for McClellan: "He is denied the support which he was promised, and then cursed for not doing what it is made impossible for him to do." New York World, Oct. 23, 1862.|
Autograph letter. Rosecrans Papers, Department of Special Collections, University, Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles (micro 93:0513).
Oct. 25, 1862
My dear General,
Though in consequence of illness and manifold cares I have not replied to your last letter you must not think that I have forgotten or neglected you.1 It was not much, however, that I could contribute to your advancement.2 It was in my power to secure your original appointment as Brigadier; and thus give you some opportunity of proving your capacity & courage. To the proofs you have given of both must your subsequent advancement be mainly ascribed; and secondarily to the readiness of the Secretary of War to recognize and appreciate these qualities. You have had my good wishes and good words; but I ascribe little to either. You are my debtor for little more than friendship
You now occupy a most important position. For months and months the Country has witnessed with pain & indignation the waste of opportunities and the sluggishness of movement which has characterized the action of Buell. It has come at length to be generally believed that his heart is not in the war. There is a widespread conviction that the expression attributed to Major Key & for which he was dismissed correctly described his views and those of several other generals.3 Those views I know and rejoice to know are not yours. You are for earnest, vigorous, decisive action. And you have now a great--a glorious opportunity which other generals have foolishly thrown away. I suppose the rebels have left Kentucky for the most part. Now then for East Tennessee -- the grand central fortress--the key of the whole position of the rebellion. Get East Tennessee; dear General; get possession of East Tennessee as speedily as possible. Make that great Natural Fortress ours & yours. Deliver the loyalists of the mountains, who have cried to us so long in vain. Then you may almost choose where to strike. The rebel artery will be cut--that great east & west line which has been their