country, and compelled a battle May 5.
On that beginning day the two crossed weapons, both of perfect steel.
handled his like a great swordsman: Grant
handled his like a great blacksmith.
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
, 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,