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II. none of our public men have a story so strange as this. It is stranger than Lincoln's. It is very much the strangest of them all. We have been too near the man and his time to see them clear through personal, political, and military feelings, mostly violent. All the people are not dead yet. Nearly all the writers have a
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His own words give the unconscious explanation: I feel as sure of taking Richmond as I do of dying.
Not McClellan, not Meade, not Lincoln himself, not any one at all, had ever been able to feel as sure as that.
This utter certainty of the Union's success burned in Grant like a central fire, and, with all his limitations, made his will a great natural force which gravitated simply and irresistibly to its end. Lincoln; beginning to feel it from afar, answered the grave complaints that rose after the carnage of Shiloh: I can't spare this man: he fights.
And presently, during the impatient days of Vicksburg failures, he insists