s, and with characteristic promptness and energy the Lieutenant General commenced his final and most brilliant campaign.
It is not necessary to go at all into the details of that memorable campaign, the splendid achievements and glorious results of which are fresh in the reader's mind.
In conception, plan, and execution, it was Grant's — the result of no council of war, of no important suggestions from other officers or the government.
His strategy had brought Sherman's grand army from Savannah into North Carolina almost within reach, and had moved another large force under Hancock up the Valley of the Shenandoah and towards Lynchburg, while the army of the James threatened Richmond on the south-east, and the army of the Potomac, south of Petersburg, and between Lee and Johnston, only waited for his orders to commence the battle, or series of battles, which should overthrow the hard-pressed rebel Confederacy.
His manoeuvres secured the chief battle-field of his own selection.