Let it be said that Grant
's adversaries helped him greatly.
In dividing his thirty thousand men and sending but sixteen thousand to Donelson
, Sidney Johnston made a perilous error.
In giving the command to Floyd
, he made the error worse.
He struck, and won. They deserted, leaving Buckner
to conduct the surrender.
The news to the Union
was a breath of health after jaded months of sickness.
's words, “I propose to move immediately upon your works,” and “unconditional surrender,” were like a backbone appearing in something that had begun to look like a jelly-fish.
He was now made major-general of volunteers.
This battle, like all his others, has been proved a mere bungle by hostile critics.
The spirit of these gentlemen can be given to the reader in a word.
One of them, after exposing Grant
's tactics, exposes his English
“I propose ”