Problems with Army Commissions Trouble the President

April 29, 1862

Ever deferential to military leaders, President Lincoln inquires of General George B. McClellan: “Would it derange, or embarrass your operations, if I were to appoint Capt. Charles Griffin, a Brigadier General of volunteers? Please answer.”   McClellan answers positively and Griffin is nominated and confirmed by the Senate.

President Lincoln has more trouble with a nomination sent to the War Department, complaining to Secretary Edwin M. Stanton: “I think as much as two weeks ago, I directed the appointment of Col. [A.E.] Jones, named within. Let it be done.”  Jones was duly nominated but never confirmed.

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