In 1875 President Ulysses S. Grant appointed Chandler as his Secretary of the Interior. He left office but soon afterwards was re-elected to the Senate and served from 22nd February, 1879 until his death in Chicago on 1st November, 1879.
Who are they? They belong to that fanatical abolitionist clique who are labouring to divert this war from its legitimate objective into an exterminating crusade against Southern slavery.
(2) Zachariah Chandler, letter to Henry W. Lord (27th October, 1861)
Lincoln means well but has no force of character. He is surrounded by Old Fogy Army officers more than half of whom are downright traitors and the other one half sympathize with the South. One month ago I began to doubt whether this accursed rebellion could be put down with a Revolution in the present Administration.