a high command, and at this time designed him for Butler
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