should have followed as naturally as the last brick in a tumbling row. But the learned Halleck
was there to save it with his finical and disastrous meddling.
He had a hundred thousand men reporting for duty : Beauregard
had half that number.
He had also the moral impetus of victory, while the South
was shaken and disconcerted by Shiloh
and Sidney Johnston's death.
The very brilliant exploits of Mitchell
had opened the way to Chattanooga
for him. Mobile
were but feebly protected.
Other men had gathered these opportunities, which now slid away like sand through his inanely opened fingers.
He sat cautiously down; sent Buell
to repair a railroad, which was promptly torn up; sent away troops to hold unprofitable points; refused troops to Farragut
, who wished to strike Port Hudson
; forbade Pope
to risk a battle on any consideration; and crowned his