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Colonel Theodore Lyman, With Grant and Meade from the Wilderness to Appomattox (ed. George R. Agassiz), chapter 3 (search)
a reverse. Things have narrowed down now to two or three great centres, and upon large operations there depends the result. It is a favorite remark of General Meade, that there is but one way to put down this rebellion, namely, to destroy the military power of the Rebels. Their great armies must be overwhelmed, and there will end their hopes. . . . [A few days later Lyman left for the North on a three weeks leave. While he was dining in Washington, at Willard's, General Grant On February 29 Congress revived the grade of Lieutenant-General, and Lincoln had appointed Grant, much in the public eye since his successful campaign in the West, to that rank, and to command the Armies of the United States. Motley writes at the time: In a military point of view, thank Heaven! the coming man, for whom we have so long been waiting, seems really to have come. came in, with his little boy; and was immediately bored by being cheered, and then shaken by the hand by oi( polloi\! He is rath