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[79] and wholly crush it. This necessity was clearly seen then by no one so much as by General Grant. Off in the West by himself, his clear, strong mind had grasped it; and every blow he struck was to this end, and every counsel that he gave. The North began to feel this huge force resting for the moment on the banks of the now open Mississippi. It looked away from Virginia, scraped raw with the vain pendulum of advance and retreat, to Donelson, Shiloh, Corinth, Vicksburg. Here it saw no pendulum, but an advance as sure, if as slow, as fate. Therefore, Grant's name began to be spoken with a different sound. And a Southern newspaper perceived in him the largest threat to Confederate armies. It called him “the bee which has really stung our flanks so long.”

After Donelson, Grant had written Sherman: “I feel under many obligations to you for the kind terms of your letter, and hope that, should an opportunity ”

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