years to handle it with gloves, our soldiers had seen it so periodically that they called it Harper's Weekly
. At length Sheridan
, though inexcusably brutal in his barn-burning, yet, in destroying crops and forage, merely treated the valley as it should have been treated at first.
But Secession considered that Union should fight with gloves.
When Union began to fight to a finish, Secession cried out. Sheridan
is still denounced; but Secession's massacre of Fort Pillow
and burning of Chambersburg
are not mentioned.
So the South
knew that in Grant
's deadly grip and will was something fateful, never met till now. And that grip was seizing it elsewhere.
was closing in upon it in Georgia
, and Thomas
soon struck it heavily at Nashville
These simultaneous strides of disaster had all been set and kept in motion by the single central will.
And, no matter what the impatient country said, the president stood