Re: Favoritism Again
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Martin Williams"
> ...suggested that
> This is straying into that other theater, but in 4/64 Grant
> Franklin take command of the Cavalry Corps of the Army of thePotomac, and
> in 8/64 that Franklin, who had just arrived from the Gulfcommanding XIX
> Corps, take over the forces in the Shenandoah.Franklin was thought very highly of by several generals, particularly
Grant. Franklin had been 1st in the Class of 1843.
> Augur took command of the Department of Washington in October,1863, and was
> an indirect beneficiary of Grant's leaving the army to becomePresident in
> 1869, being promoted from Colonel of the 12th U. S. Infantry toBrigadier
> General in the Regular Army.Neither event shows any active part by Grant. Augur's career was
mostly service in the defense of Washington during the first year of
the war and then service as a division commander under Banks in
Virginia and in Louisiana during the second year and a half of the
war, followed by a return to the defenses of Washington, this time in
command, for the remainder of the war.
> Reynolds commanded the Department of Arkansas from late in 1864through the
> end of the war.Reynolds had a good career in the west outside of Grant's authority,
making him a natural choice for Department of Arkansas in late 1864.
He had served under Rosecrans at Cheat Mt. and commanded a division
in the AotC from the Tullahoma campaign through Chickamaugua then as
Thomas's Chief of Staff during the final part of 1863. In early 1864
he was put in charge of the New Orleans defenses.
> Steele finished the war commanding the otherwise unnamed armyadvancing on
> Mobile, in Canby's Division of the Gulf.Steele had also had a long career in the west up to that point,
including service in Missouri until he was added to Sherman's force
for the begining of the Vicksburg campaign in which he served a a
division commander throughout. He then commanded the force that
captured Little Rock and was then made commander of the Department of
Arkansas and 7th Corps.
> I discussed Hamilton in my previous message.Which showed that Grant gave his career negative attention.