Recollections of the Civil War: With the Leaders at Washington and in the Field in the Sixties

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CHAPTER VIII.
WITH THE ARMY OF THE CUMBERLAND.

Appointment as Assistant Secretary of War -- Again to the far front -- An interesting meeting with Andrew Johnson -- Rosecrans's complaints -- His view of the situata2ion at Chattanooga -- At General Thomas's headquarters -- The first day of Chickamauga -- The battlefield telegraph service -- A night council of war at Widow Glenn's -- Personal experiences of the disastrous second day's battle -- The "Rock of Chickamauga."

I HAPPENED to be the first man to reach the capital from Vicksburg, and everybody wanted to hear the story and to ask questions. I was anxious to get home and see my family, however, and left for New York as soon as I could get away. A few days after I arrived in New York I received an invitation to go into business there with Mr. Ketchum, a banker, and with George Opdyke, the merchant. I wrote Mr. Stanton of the opening, but he urged me to remain in the War Department as one of his assistants, which I consented to do.*

The first commission with which Mr. Stanton charged me after my appointment as his assistant was one similar to that which I had just finished -- to go to

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Although appointed some months before, Mr. Dana was not nominated in the Senate as Second Assistant Secretary of War until January 20, 1864; the nomination was confirmed on January 26.

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