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[109] a high command, and at this time designed him for Butler's successor. But in the same twenty-four hours with Butler's blackmail, General Smith criticised to Grant's face the battle of Cold Harbor. Thinking this over, it struck Grant that General Smith had meant to “whip him over Meade's shoulder,” as he phrased it. He relieved his campaign of so captious a subordinate. It was, perhaps, advisable, but seems harsh.

Yet, if the North was dismayed by Grant's destructive battles, still more so was the South. They felt the end coming. Each bloody crisis saw Grant move on. Such a thing had not been seen before.

Early's almost successful attempt to take Washington did not frighten Grant from his siege of Petersburg. He merely let Sheridan loose upon Early, and broke him. That also settled the Shenandoah Valley, Secession's fertile incubator and truck garden. Sent there during three

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