and after a considerable delay he pulled out a crumpled piece of common yellow cartridge paper, which he handed to the mayor. When read, his answer was most excellent,--short, concise, and, if delivered, would have been all that the occasion required. I could not help laughing at a scene so characteristic of the man tho whom all had turned as the only one to guide the nation in a war that had become painfully critical.So now he faced the conclusion. From Cairo in 1861 to Chattanooga in 1863 he had marched forward, narrowing the Confederacy blow after blow. Here, between Washington and Richmond — only a hundred mils — blow afer blow had narrowed nothing. In April, 1864, they stood as they had started in April, 1861. Richmond was still to be taken, Lee still to be crushed. Three years, six generals, and a loss of one hundred and forty-four thousand men had failed to do this. From such failure Grant
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