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