had to break cover, and retreat from Richmond
fled southward; and, even while flying, and with full knowledge of the crumbling house, he made another speech, to lure, if possible, more victims to the slaughter.
“We have now entered upon a new phase of the struggle,” he said.
“Relieved from the necessity of guarding particular points, our army will be free to move from point to point, to strike the enemy in detail far from his base.”
Few could have believed him. But the soldiers, ragged and starved, followed and fought under their beloved Lee
across the rainy fields of Virginia
No successes now changed a muscle of Grant
's impassive face.
Nothing but the capture of prisoners wakened visible elation in him. Each prisoner meant one enemy less to fight, one more life saved from fruitless sacrifice.
Of his thoughts, only his actions show anything.
When leaving headquarters at City Point