of the enemy's army, and made good his word.
After the interview just mentioned, the general-in-chief talked for some time with officers of the staff about the results of the battle of the previous days.
He said in this connection: All things in this world are relative.
While we were engaged in the Wilderness I could not keep from thinking of the first fight I ever saw — the battle of Palo Alto.
As I looked at the long line of battle, consisting of three thousand men, I felt that General Taylor had such a fearful responsibility resting upon him that I wondered how he ever had the nerve to assume it; and when, after the fight, the casualties were reported, and the losses ascertained to be nearly sixty in killed, wounded, and missing, the engagement assumed a magnitude in my eyes which was positively startling.
When the news of the victory reached the States, the windows in every household were illuminated, and it was largely instrumental in making General Taylor President of th
glers, and the discharged, the numbers seriously diminish by the time they reach their destination.
It's like trying to shovel fleas across a barnyard; you don't get 'em all there.
General Grant said during the discussion:
I was with General Taylor's command in Mexico when he not only failed to receive reinforcements, but found that nearly all his regulars were to be sent away from him to join General Scott.
Taylor was apt to be a little absent-minded when absorbed in any perplexing prTaylor was apt to be a little absent-minded when absorbed in any perplexing problem, and the morning he received the discouraging news he sat down to breakfast in a brown study, poured out a cup of coffee, and instead of putting in the sugar, he reached out and got hold of the mustard-pot, and stirred half a dozen spoonfuls of its contents into the coffee.
He didn't realize what he had done till he took a mouthful, and then he broke out in a towering rage.
We learned something at Shiloh about the way in which the reports of losses are sometimes exaggerated in battle.
ontinuing the denunciation of Sherman before the public, I started for North Carolina to meet General Grant and inform him of the situation in Washington.
I passed him, however, on the way, and at once returned and rejoined him at Washington.
Hostilities were now brought rapidly to a close throughout the entire theater of war. April 11, Canby compelled the evacuation of Mobile.
By the 21st our troops had taken Selma, Tuscaloosa, Montgomery, West Point, Columbus, and Macon.
May 4, Richard Taylor surrendered the Confederate forces east of the Mississippi.
May 10, Jefferson Davis was captured; and on the 26th Kirby Smith surrendered his command west of the Mississippi.
Since April 8, 1680 cannon had been captured, and 174,223 Confederate soldiers had been paroled.
There was no longer a rebel in arms, the Union cause had triumphed, slavery was abolished, and the National Government was again supreme.
The Army of the Potomac, Sheridan's cavalry, and Sherman's army had all rea