wounded who were recovered, as every preparation had been made for this emergency, and our army was fortunately only twelve miles from a water base.
Many, however, were left between the lines; and as the works were close together, and the intervening ground under a constant fire, it was not possible to remove a great number of the wounded or to bury the dead.
The enemy's wounded in our hands were taken in charge by our surgeons, and the same care was given to them as to our own men.
That evening, when the staff-officers had assembled at headquarters after much hard riding and hot work during the day, the events which had occurred were discussed with the commander, and plans talked over for the next morning.
The general said: “I regret this assault more than any one I have ever ordered.
I regarded it as a stern necessity, and believed that it would bring compensating results; but, as it has proved, no advantages have been gained sufficient to justify the heavy losses suffered.
The early assault at Vicksburg
, while it was not successful, yet brought compensating advantages; for it taught the men that they could not seize the much-coveted prize of that stronghold without a siege, and it was the means of making them work cheerfully and patiently afterward in the trenches, and of securing the capture of the place with but little more loss of life; whereas if the assault had not been made the men could not have been convinced that they could not have captured the city by making a dash upon it which might have saved them many months of arduous labor, sickness, and fatigue.”
The matter was seldom referred to again in conversation, for General Grant
, with his usual habit of mind, bent all his energies toward consummating his plans for the future.
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