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[110] 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. Besides Sheridan, Sherman 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

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