June 29, 1880

New Haven, Connecticut


Comrades of Admiral Foote Post: The very hearty reception you have given me deserves some recognition. I feel greatly impressed by the heartiness of this body of soldiers. While the sentiments which have been expressed are beyond any merit of mine, I will say that I have endeavored to make the Union what these beautiful words of the address have expressed. As soldiers we fought for the good of the whole country and without expressing political sentiments, I believe our adversaries have reason to rejoice in the outcome of that struggle and that sooner or later they will learn that no greater benefits were gained for the north than were gained for the south.