The Military Memoirs of General John Pope

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Chapter Twelve
Abraham Lincoln

I mentioned in a former article that I had quite a long interview with Mr. Lincoln, in which I expressed fully and frankly my disinclination to be assigned to the command of this new army in front of Washington, or indeed to be placed on duty anywhere in the East. My reasons, as given to him, were practically the same as those given to Mr. Stanton, with the additional statement that, being a Western man by birth and infused with the Western feeling and sentiment, I should naturally be unwilling to separate myself from the Western armies and their environment. It is not necessary to repeat that I did not prevail.

It would seem in order that I should say something in this connection concerning Mr. Lincoln, but it is hard to determine where to begin or to end. The constant tendency of the public mind, which grows stronger as the years go by, is to place him upon some such pedestal as Washington (mainly through the agency of the Rev. Mr. Weems) has always occupied among us. 1 It is wise

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