“There are many reasons which I might give why General Butler should not be placed on duty again”

I have learned that there is a move underway to have Gen. Butler restored to command.  I wrote Sec. Stanton to register my disapproval.

CITY POINT, VA., February 23, 1865.

Honorable E. M. STANTON,

Secretary of War, Washington:

I see by the papers that an effort is being made to induce the President to appoint General Butler provost-marshal of Charleston and South Carolina. I cannot believe this will be done, but write to respectfully enter my protest. There are many reasons which I might give why General Butler should not be placed on duty again, but I think two of them are sufficient-his order to his troops on being relieved from duty, and his Lowell speech.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

 

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 14, p 23-4

O.R., I, xlvii, part 2, p 537

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