THE ARMY OF THE POTOMAC IN '64.
Mr. Lincoln sends Mr. Dana again to the front -- General Halleck's character -- First visit to the Army of the Potomac -- General Meade's good qualities and bad -- Winfield Scott Hancock -- Early acquaintance with Sedgwick -- His death -- Humphreys's accomplishments as a soldier and as a swearer -- Grant's plan of campaign against Lee -- Incidents at Spottsylvania -- The "Bloody Angle."
I REMAINED in Washington the entire winter of 1863-'64, occupied mainly with the routine business of the department. Meantime the Chattanooga victory had made Grant the great military figure of the country, and deservedly so. The grade of lieutenant general had been immediately revived by act of Congress, and the President had promptly promoted him to the new rank, and made him general in chief of all the armies of the United States. His military prestige was such that everything was put into his hands, everything yielded to his wishes. The coming of Grant was a great relief to the President and the Secretary. Halleck, the late general in chief, consented to serve as Grant's chief of staff in Washington, practically continuing his old service of chief military adviser to the President and the Secretary of War, while Grant took the field in active direction of operations against Richmond.