we approached the brow of the hill from which it was expected we would see Harris
's camp, and possibly find his men ready to meet us, my heart kept getting higher and higher, until it felt to me as though it was in my throat; . . . but the troops were gone.
My heart resumed its place.
It occurred to me that Harris
had been as much afraid of me as I had been of him. . . . From that event to the close of the war I never experienced trepidation upon confronting an enemy, though I always felt more or less anxiety. . . . The lesson was valuable.”
Not much happened to Grant
; and he took occasion to rub up his tactics.
“I do not believe,” he says, “that the officers of the regiment ever discovered that I had never studied the tactics that I used.”
Very likely the officers did not; but at Shiloh
the enemy discovered that no earthworks had been thrown up. Somewhat