officers going home on furlough, he compelled the excess to be refunded.
“I will teach them,” he said, “that the men who have perilled their lives to open the Mississippi River
for their benefit cannot be imposed upon with impunity.”
in a sulky temper, and proceeded to write articles proving Johnston
was to blame.
On the day before, the noble and defeated Lee
was saying to a Confederate brother, “Never mind, general, all this has been my
fault: it is I
that have lost this fight, and you must help me out of it the best way you can.”
For on the preceding day, July 3, 1863, the Union
had won Gettysburg
On this day of Vicksburg
's surrender, Lee
began his retreat.
Had two separate nations been at war, here they would have stopped.
But one piece of a nation was trying to separate itself from the rest; and the rest had to follow it,