Military Questions Dominate in the Middle of Political Campaign

October 16, 1864

General Philip Sheridan is on his way from the Shenandoah Valley to Washington for military conferences. Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton writes President Lincoln from Fortress Monroe: “Have just arrived and will go on immediately.1 It has occurred to me to propose Genl Jno A Logan for Missouri, or else for Hooker’s present command, and then Hooker go to Missouri– What is your opinion in respect to this proposition? Expect to reach City Point at 9. AM– Please let me have your answer.” President Lincoln and Stanton are contemlating a replacement for General William S. Rosecrans as commander of Missouri.

Tennessee Governor Andrew Johnson writes President Lincoln regarding military affairs: “Sometime since for varied reasons and in compliance with the wishes of the real Union men of this state I requested the Secy of War to include all Eastern Tenn in the Dept of the Cumb[erland]. This should be done I hope there is no objection to it by the Executive The change can produce no conflict but on the contrary will produce harmony & concert of action I have again renewed the request to the Secy of War & hope that there will be favorable action on the part of the Prest & the Secy of War.”

Meanwhile, military authorities are questioning the treasonable intent of anti-war societies operating in the North. William Frank Zornow wrote in Lincoln & the Party Divided: “The Dodd trial had no sooner ended than Judge Advocate General Joseph Holt issued a report on October 16 further exposing the activity of the secret societies. This report was based to a large extent on information supplied by Rosecrans, Carrington, Morton and Colonel Sanderson, who had been investigating the organizations for many months. The Holt report served as a convenient device to keep the public aware of the nature and magnitude of the treason being committed by the Democratic party. A special edition was prepared and circulated as campaign propaganda. ‘If there is a prudent, a thoughtful, a patriotic man in this country who thinks of voting for McClellan, we pray him to study the astounding testimony in the treason trial at Indianapolis,’ said the New York Tribune. ‘There is no longer room for a doubt of its nefarious purposes. The evidence in the trial of Dodd…is overwhelmingly conclusive,’ echoed the Boston Daily Journal.

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