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  • Jim McGarry
    Jan 6, 2001
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      Going back to the original post of why was Halleck brought east
      as General-in-Chief in 1862?

      In 'Lincoln & His Generals' T. Harry Williams citing Committee
      on the Conduct of the War reports, supplement II. Welles' 'Lincoln &
      Stanton and his 'Diary' writes
      Lincoln selected Halleck to be general in chief because he
      thought the General was the best man for the job. Halleck was then the
      most successful Northern general. The victories in the West, although
      in reality won by Grant and other generals, were credited to Halleck in
      popular estimation. He was supposed to have great strategic ability.
      Lincoln heard Halleck's merits praised by men he respected. Pope, soon
      after his arrival in Washington, urged Lincoln to call Halleck east to
      take command of all operations in Virginia. When Lincoln visited Scott
      at West Point, the old General apparently advised the President to make
      Halleck general in chief. Scott has proposed Halleck for the post in
      1861, when it was given to McClellan, and it was natural for him to
      repeat the recommendation. Stanton, probably influenced by Pope,
      supported the appointment of Halleck. Lincoln, impressed by Halleck's
      record and the character of his backers, felt that he was choosing the
      ablest officer in the country to direct the movements of all the armies.
      Jim McGarry
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