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[67] the first day) are not convincing. Mr. John Fiske, quoting Sherman's remark about it to himself, gives the human clew to this bad military error: “I assure you, my dear fellow, we had had quite enough of their society for two whole days, and were only too glad to get rid of them on any terms.” The writer has heard this same explanation from another soldier.

So the enemy, now under Beauregard, fell back to Corinth, and with needless and pompous caution was driven from there by the learned Halleck after some weeks. For the learned Halleck came down now, and took command personally; and Grant was again under a cloud, a mere onlooker with the sterile position of second in command. Again, as always, he answered no word to the furious storm of abuse which the country let loose upon him. To Washburne he wrote: “I would scorn being my own defender . . . except through the ”

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