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[106] country, and compelled a battle May 5.

On that beginning day the two crossed weapons, both of perfect steel. Lee handled his like a great swordsman: Grant handled his like a great blacksmith. Lee had some seventy thousand men: Grant, some one hundred and twenty thousand. Day, and often night, the weapons struck fire at some point; day and night, during not weeks, but months. Some of these clashes have names forever reddened with slaughter,--the Wilderness, Spottsylvania, North Anna, Cold Harbor; but in between them flow nameless streams of blood continuously. More sublimely shines the American volunteer at Cold Harbor than at Chattanooga,--more sublime in walking calmly to visible death than in tumultuously rushing to victory. He stood in the centre with the enemy in a great half-wheel around him, and, knowing that some one had blundered,

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