strength and our weakness. Your communications on the other hand
can be easily & surely kept open with the Ohio River, and, with perhaps
a little more difficulty with the Missi. at Memphis.But I must not enlarge & I need not. You doubtless see the whole.I hope you endorse heartily--not merely acquiesce in the Presidents
proclamation. Let every body understand that Slavery is to end: and
that the sooner masters pay wages & so secure willing service from free
men the better for all concerned. Please write me your views on this
It was Buell's proslaveryism I verily believe that caused more
than half his halting.If you have no objection I should like to have you write me frankly
also as to your political views. You know I am a democrat, in favor, and
with all my heart in favor of equal & exact justice to all men, without
respect to condition, creed, or color. I am thoroughly assured that nothing short of broad and impartial democracy will regenerate States and
make sure human progress. Of course I reject the pretence of democracy, which makes modern alliances with old whigism, knownothingism,
& anti-progressivism under all forms, to uphold the waning power of
Slavery, & paralyze the efforts of the Government to suppress rebellion.
-- --But I am at the end of my sheetCordially your friend S: P: CHASEMaj. Gen. RosecransCan't you offer Ralston Skinner a position on your staff--as Judge Advocate or otherwise--with the rank of Major?5
|Writing on October 22, Rosecrans had discussed Union victory at the battle of Corinth, Miss., October 3-4, and his own role in the battle. Rosecrans to Chase, Oct. 22, 1862 ( Chase Papers, L.C.).|
| Rosecrans bad been made major general of volunteers earlier in the month. DAB, 16:163.|
|On September 27, Lincoln had dismissed John James Key, an aide-de-camp to Henry W. Halleck, for "uttering disloyal sentiments." New York Times, Sept. 30, 1863; Heitman
, Historical Register, 1:595.|
| Rosecrans responded: "As [to] the black race--'of one blood God has made all
the nations of the earth.' Injustice to them is even a greater sin than to those less helpless. As to their future," he went on, "it is in the hands of God." Rosecrans to Chase, Jan.
15, 1863 ( Chase Papers, L.C.).|
| James Ralston Skinner, Chase's nephew, received the appointment but apparently served only until March 1863. Skinner to Chase, Feb. 16, Mar. 27, 1863 ( Chase
TO HIRAM BARNEY
Autograph letter. Hiram Barney Papers, The Huntington Library (micro 23:0538).
Washington, Oct. 26, 1862.
My dear Sir,
On receiving your letter yesterday, I went at once to the President's
& read it to him and added what I thought useful.1 He said that for