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[85] carried in dangerous places because of his injury, he reached Chattanooga the night of the 23d, “wet, dirty, and well,” as Dana's literary pen wrote Stanton. And forthwith order began to shape itself from formlessness. Grant's enemies say he had nothing to do with it, that it would have come without him. To this there is a sufficient answer: it did come with him. Guessing what might have been helps history no better than the post mortem cures the patient. And, in truth, these critics are preposterous. Earth has not anything more childish than a military man airing a grievance.

That night Grant listened, and asked questions of the officers. These felt that somebody had come among them. He was delighted with the scheme for the new avenue of supplies which General Smith explained to him, and his mind was also filled with plans for aggression. After all these days of passive defence, he must have seemed to Thomas and the

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