themselves with greater intrepidity.
They were terribly repulsed but not beaten.
There was neither rout nor panic, but our troops fell back slowly and angrily to our own line, halted, re-formed, and, if ordered, would again have rushed to the assault.
As in all cases of repulse or defeat, contention and crimination have arisen as to the cause of the disaster.
Sherman, in his report,
Official Records, Vol.
XVII., Part I., p. 610. and Grant, in his Memoirs,
Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant (C. L. Webster & Co.), Vol.
I., p. 437. give a satisfactory cause — the true one in my opinion — the impregnable position of the enemy.
Sherman says, in his Memoirs, Vol.
I., p. 292:
Had he [General Morgan] used with skill and boldness one of his brigades, in addition to that of Blair, he could have made a lodgment on the bluff, which would have opened a door for our whole force to follow.
The fact is that, beside the four regiments of Blair's brigade, the attacking forces incl
e War Department for the Collection of Confederate Records. See General Grant's reply, addressed to General Pemberton, p. 545; also his paper — I give you with pleasure my version of the interview between General Grant and myself on the afternoon of July 3, 1863, in front of the Corg.
If you will refer to the first volume of Badeau's life of U. S. Grant, you will find a marked discrepancy between that author's accounabove.
I am, General, very respectfully, your obedient servant, U. S. Grant, Major-General.
I at once expressed to General Bowen my dete
I am, Colonel, very truly yours, J. C. Pemberton.
By Ulysses S. Grant, General, U. S. A.
the following letter, dated New York, Nofor your courtesy in sending me these papers.
Very truly yours, U. S. Grant.
Correspondence between General Pemberton and Generalsarrenton, Fauquier, Virginia, January 30, 1874.
His Excellency, U. S. Grant, President of the United States.
Sir: A statement of some histo