Abraham Lincoln “confers with CCW regarding commander of Potomac.”

March 3, 1864

Wade, accompanied by Chandler, went to see the President in the afternoon of March 3.   As they had once stormed against McClellan, so they now agitated against Meade.   The commander of the Army of the Potomac must be superseded, they insisted.   Whom did they suggest in his place?   Lincoln wanted to know.  ‘Hooker,’ was the answer, although the two senators conceded that the job of appointing a new general was the President’s.   Congress had commissioned the committee merely to watch, not to command.   Lincoln reserved judgment.   The committee’s campaign against Meade was not so successful as it had seemed after all.”

“The North’s new generalissimo caught a train out of Nashville, the next day, accompanied by his chief of staff, John A. Rawlins, his engineering officer, Cyrus B. Comstock, and his oldest son, fourteen-year-old Frederick.”

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