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Re: FW: ANB - Bio of the Day: Montgomery Meigs

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  • hartshje@aol.com
    Wasn t there another point in time when Lincoln rhetorically asked if the Cmdg Genl (McClellan?) was not going to use the Army, might he (Lincoln) borrow it
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      Wasn't there another point in time when Lincoln rhetorically asked if
      the Cmdg Genl (McClellan?) was not going to use the Army, might he
      (Lincoln) borrow it for awhile?

      Joe H.

      --- In civilwarwest@y..., "Bob Huddleston" <adco12@m...> wrote:
      >
      > No, the idea did not: the Constitution makes the president the
      > C-in-C, but Lincoln had been deferring to the regulars, such as
      > McClellan, and nothing was getting done. That unknown fellow out
      > west named Grant had not gotten started and the AoP was doing
      > magnificent parading but not any fighting.
      >
      > On January 10, 1862, Lincoln came over to the Winder Building, which
      > Meigs was moving into. "General, what shall I do? The people are
      > impatient; Chase has no money and he tells me he can raise no more;
      > the General of the Army has typhoid fever, The bottom is out of the
      > tub. What shall I do?"
      >
      > Meigs responded that if McClellan had typhoid he was out of action
      > for at least six weeks. He went on to suggest that Lincoln meet
      > with the senior division commanders of the Army.
      >
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