but kind, in his inaugural address bade his misguided brethern of the South
With a fraternal affection characteristic of the man, and strictly in keeping with his former utterances, he asked for the return of peace.
“With malice towards none, with charity for all,” he implored his fellow-countrymen, “with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphans, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and a lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.”
With the coming of spring the great armies, awakening from their long winter's sleep, began preparations for the closing campaign.
had already made that grandest march of modern times, from the mountains of Tennessee
to the sea, while Grant
, with stolid indifference to public criticism and newspaper abuse, was creeping steadily on through swamp and ravine to Richmond
had defeated Hood
, sending the latter back with his army demoralized, cut in pieces, and ruined.
The young and daring Sheridan
had driven Early
out of the Shenandoah Valley after a series of brilliant engagements.
The “Kearsarge” had sunk the “Alabama
” in foreign waters.
had captured Mobile
, and the Union
forces held undisputed possession of the West
and the Mississippi Valley
from the lakes to the gulf.
, undaunted by the perils of a further march through the enemy's country,