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ren issue of the siege of Corinth served to distract attention from the alleged mistakes of Shiloh, and Grant was no longer subject to the calumnies which had been heaped upon his capacity as a general, and his habits as a man. Halleck was soon after called to Washington as general-in-chief, and Grant resumed his former command; not, however, till Halleck had offered it to Colonel Robert Allen, a quartermaster, who had the good sense to decline it. Buell's army had already gone towards Chattanooga, and Grant's army was still further depleted by the departure of four divisions to reinforce the former. Grant was, therefore, compelled to act entirely on the defensive, an irksome duty for him; and his task was the difficult one of guarding several important points against an enemy who could readily concentrate at any one of them a force equal to his entire command. He strengthened the defences of Corinth, while he narrowly watched the threatening movements of the rebels, and proved h
e government. Assumes command. affairs at Chattanooga. Grant's prompt and energetic preparationsns, and to win the more splendid victory at Chattanooga. Having sent many of the troops with whiend reenforcements to Rosecrans, who was at Chattanooga confronted by Bragg. The despatches to Gravere repulse at Chickamauga, was shut up in Chattanooga, short of supplies and closely besieged. Tulties, and laid his plans. He hastened to Chattanooga as soon as possible over the precipitous mought up supplies, and secured the safety of Chattanooga. And this, so promptly done, was an auguryation, the relief and safety of the army at Chattanooga, had been accomplished, but it must be follthe enemy, Sherman's army was moved through Chattanooga and across the river to confront the rebel fficult march under Sherman from Memphis to Chattanooga, through swamps, across rivers, over mountaant of vigor in the Peninsular campaign, at Chattanooga found a general who gave him all he wanted [11 more...]
elations between President Lincoln and Grant. their letters on the eve of the great campaign. After the victory at Chattanooga, Grant personally inspected every part of this extensive department, his purpose being so to dispose his troops that he enemy, and strike him boldly and vigorously. At this time, too, he projected, as his next campaign, an advance from Chattanooga to Atlanta, and thence, possibly, to Mobile. And from this plan resulted Sherman's brilliant movements to Atlanta, antakably to the man who was qualified, if any in the army was, for this high command. Donelson, Shiloh, Vicksburg, and Chattanooga pointed to Grant as the most successful general, while all the movements in his campaigns were seen to be the most prod the rebels at Shiloh, made the brilliant and successful campaign of Vicksburg, and drove Bragg's legions from before Chattanooga, could not escape the grateful plaudits of the people, nor, as the newly-appointed Lieutenant General, fail to receive
mies his objective, so in his wider field he did not change it. The rebel army in Virginia was the objective of the eastern campaign, and the rebel army between Chattanooga and Atlanta was the objective of the western campaign. These two armies comprised the mass of the rebel forces, and covered the vital points of the rebel Confeengaged, and it was impossible for the commanding general or his subordinates to direct the movements of the troops, width the precision which had been shown at Chattanooga. Though the rebels could see no better, the ground was more familiar to them, and they had only to feel the position of an army just advancing into the Wildern blows than any other general in the army, and had done more than any other to weaken and subdue the rebel armies. At Donelson, at Shiloh, at Vicksburg, and at Chattanooga, he had won great victories, which thrilled the loyal people with joy, and endeared him to their hearts. At Belmont, in the Wilderness, at Spottsylvania, and a
merican people. His intellectual ability, which early in the war was not appreciated nor even admitted among those who measured such ability by scholarship or brilliant success in some civil pursuit, has been fully proved. It only required the opportunities of war to develop itself, so that it should tower above his modesty, his undemonstrative manner, and retiring habits. After his successful campaigns, planned and executed with so much of skill and persistency; after Vicksburg, and Chattanooga, and Richmond; after the skilful direction of movements on the most extended field of war which ever came under the supervision of one man, his intellectual ability cannot be questioned. Though not of a type to be called into exercise under ordinary circumstances, or rather being accompanied by traits of character which prevented its being called into exercise except under extraordinary pressure, it has proved itself in the most difficult field, and on the most important of occasions; an