two gates were knocked down, the Union
had a clear road to the heart of the South
; for, by the Tennessee
, troops could travel into Alabama
, and be fed also.
Thus Secession's frontier could be pushed back; and, as it receded down along the bank of the Mississippi
, that highway almost inevitably must open.
This was clear to many eyes, but to McClellan
's it was not visible.
This general-in-chief could see nothing beyond his own movements.
At St. Louis
had been succeeded by a person equally incapable.
was the sort of learned soldier who brings learning into contempt., He was full of Jomini
and empty of all power to master a situation.
On him Grant
, like others, urged the value of striking Forts Henry
, whether under McClellan
's influence or for other reasons, snubbed him; and so for a while the matter rested.
At length, however, after General Thomas