The Memoirs of General Ulysses S. Grant

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CHAPTER XXXI: ASSUMING COMMAND AT YOUNG'S POINT

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On the 29th of January I arrived at Young's Point and assumed command the following day. General McClernand took exception in a most characteristic way—for him. His correspondence with me on the subject was more in the nature of a reprimand than a protest. It was highly insubordinate, but I overlooked it, as I believed, for the good of the service. General McClernand was a politician of very considerable prominence in his State; he was a member of Congress when the secession war broke out; he belonged to that political party which furnished all the opposition there was to a vigorous prosecution of the war for saving the Union; there was no delay in his declaring himself for the Union at all hazards, and there was no uncertain sound in his declaration of where he stood in the contest before the country. He also gave up his seat in Congress to take the field in defence of the principles he had proclaimed.

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Rickard, J (28 November 2006) The Memoirs of General Ulysses S. Grant, Chapter 31 http://www.historyofwar.org/source/acw/grant/chapter31c.html


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