General Ulysses S. Grant Visits the Cabinet

March 11, 1864

Navy Secretary Gideon Welles writes in his diary: “A pleasant meeting of the Cabinet, and about the time we had concluded General Grant was announced.  He had just returned from a visit to the Army of the Potomac, and appeared to better advantage than when I first saw him, but he is without presence.  After a very brief interview, he remarked to the President that he should leave this P.M. for Nashville, to return in about two weeks, and should be glad to see the Secretary of War and General Halleck before he left. There was in his deportment little of the dignity and bearing of the soldier but more of an air of business than his first appearance indicated, but he showed latent power.”

Historian Brooks D. Simpson wrote in Ulysses S. Grant: Triumph Over Adversity, 1822-1865 wrote: “Grant’s second stay in Washington was even briefer than his first. He prepared to return to Nashville to confer with Sherman and his old generals.  Lincoln wanted Grant to stay around for a few days.  Next evening there was to be a dinner in his honor at the White House.  The new general-in-chief begged out.  There was much to be done, and no time to waste.  ‘Really, Mr. President, I have had enough of this show business,’ he explained.  Then he was off.”

President Lincoln writes Secretary of War Edwin H. Stanton about Rosie Bielask who “calls on me saying she has been discharged from her place as a clerk in your Department….Her father was a Pole, whom I knew in Illinois, more than twenty years ago,” and who died in one of the Civil War’s “earliest battles, and left the family destitute….I should be very glad for her to have a place, if it can be, consistently with the service.”

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