whole crass performance with the words: “I think the enemy will continue his retreat, which is all I desire.”
The enemy immediately strengthened Port Hudson
; and Halleck
was made general-in-chief at Washington
To the blunders of this time may be added the vast farce of the legal tender act, when the government, against the soundest advice and warning, declined to borrow money at market prices, because this would be “undignified,” and issued instead pieces of paper, which it told the world were worth a dollar, and presently enjoyed the dignity of having the world value at thirty-five cents. There are blunders in 1862 so stultifying as to seem incredible, had we not seen much the same sort of thing since.
But we were fighting Americans
, not Spaniards, then.
Happily, Jefferson Davis
made some blunders, too; and thus Grant
had only Pemberton
, and not Van Dorn