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,
The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 14, p 23-4
O.R., I, xlvii, part 2, p 537