March 9, 1864: Lieutenant-General Grant in Washington

Ulyssess S. Grant

The New York Times reports that Grant is in the east, preparing to take charge of the Army of the Potomac. His new rank makes him the commander of all the Union armies.

WASHINGTON, Wednesday, March 9.

A protracted interview between Lieut.-Gen. GRANT, the Secretary of War and Gen. HALLECK, took place to-day. The military condition of the country was discussed, and the general plan of a harmonious and decisive campaign devised. The necessity of accomplishing more through the Army of the Potomac than has hitherto been accomplished was freely admitted and the subject of its reorganization considered. Gen. GRANT leaves to-morrow to review the Army of the Potomac, and to ascertain, by personal inspection, what the hindrances to its efficiency are. He announces his intention to avoid, if possible, a residence in Washington, and to stay somewhere in the field of active duty. Gen. HALLECK’s position will not be really changed, but he will continue as Chief of Staff to the President, through whom all his orders, as Commander-in-Chief of the army, will be transmitted to the Lieutenant-General. Such a position will place him on a grade inferior to the Commander in the field. Gen. GRANT stated to-day to the President and Cabinet that the report that SHERMAN had been defeated was untrue. He said the expedition had accomplished all that was expected of it, and that it was an entire success.

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