his absence: his reputation was at stake.
He gathered the fragments, and before evening knew he was master by a shrewd inference which has become historic.
The enemy's haversacks held three days rations.
Others saw in this a preparation for a three days fight; but Grant
knew it meant, not fight, but flight.
He saw that next morning would give him Donelson
He wrote to Halleck
, “They will surrender to-morrow,” and, when asked if this was not a premature message, referred to the haversacks as the basis of his conviction.
When the surrender was arranged, one of the young men — the one who had spoken of Jomini
— hoped that they would have the picturesque formalities of such occasions, the lowered flags and so forth.
said, emphatically, no. “Why humiliate a brave enemy?”
“We've got them.
That is all we want.”
When the crestfallen Buckner
capitulated, and Grant