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[112] sacrificed, show his deep faith and his deep satisfaction in his aggressive, indomitable general. In August he writes: “The particulars of your campaign I neither know nor seek to know. I wish not to intrude any restraints or constraints upon you.” Grant's reply unites a modesty and a self-reliance that Lincoln had not heard until this general came: “Should my success be less than I desire or expect, the least I can say is the fault is not yours.” No wonder Lincoln liked his new commander! He writes again, when less firm spirits at Washington had been counselling a halt: “I have seen your despatch expressing your unwillingness to break your hold where you are. Neither am I willing. Hold on with a bull-dog grip, and chew and choke as much as possible.”

The withers of the South were being wrung. Side failures did nothing to obscure the looming end. The great blows of Sherman, Sheridan, and Thomas sent

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