judgment which is Grant
's highest claim to purely military greatness — the general listened, but went on with his plan.
And now, indeed, he raised his arm, and struck.
On May 17 he had Pemberton
penned in Vicksburg
, and a telegram from Halleck
ordering him to wait for General Banks
In six days he had won four battles, prevented Johnston
's joining Pemberton
, and was now surrounding Vicksburg
After the bloody frontal attack of the 22d (something he owned in later life to have been a mistake), he settled to a siege.
We must remember that Pemberton
had made many things easy for him; Pemberton
was deceived by his preliminary manoeuvres.
set about cutting him from his base a week after he had no base.
divided his own strength instead of falling on him with the whole of it, when his was scattered.
ignored all of Johnston
's better recommendations, ending