equipment of the army, as well as in the selection of the battlefields.
He was not dazzled by the blaze of victory which glistened from the tips of the Southern bayonets, or filled with undue elation.
He was one among the very few in the South who always felt the contest would be obstinate and prolonged.
No one knew better than he the great resources of one of the combatants, as well as the determination and courage of both.
Six days after the battle he writes Mrs. Lee from Richmond, July 27, 1861: That, indeed, was a glorious victory, and has lightened the pressure upon us amazingly.
Do not grieve for the brave dead, but sorrow for those they left behind-friends, relatives, and families.
The former are at rest; the latter must suffer.
The battle will be repeated there in greater force.
I hope God will again smile on us and strengthen our hearts and arms.
I wished to partake in the former struggle, and am mortified at my absence.
But the President thought it more important t