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[51] which might have affected the efficiency of the army. He simply remarked to his chief of staff that Halleck had deeply wronged him.

One day General Sherman bolted into Grant's tent, and found him suffering under his sense of wrong. He inquired the cause of this unusual manifestation of feeling. Grant then, for the first time, spoke at length of his position, and the indignities he had suffered, and concluded by saying, “The truth is, I am not wanted here. The country has no further use for me, and I am about to resign and go home.”

“No, you are not!” replied Sherman, in his nervous and impatient manner; “you are going to do nothing of the sort. The country has further need of you, and you must stay here and do your duty, in spite of these petty insults.”

Sherman's earnest manner, generous sympathy, and cheering words prevailed with Grant, and encouraged him to stay. Fortunate was it for the country, that at this critical moment of his career Grant had so appreciative, true, and outspoken a friend.

When Corinth was evacuated by the rebels, and entered by the Union troops after their six weeks of fruitless toil, it was apparent that Grant's plan would have secured the capture not only of Corinth, but the greater part of the rebel army. The inefficient pursuit which followed, under the direction of Buell, assumed the form of seventy thousand men acting on the defensive, against twenty thousand rebels retreating from them! This barren issue of the “siege of Corinth” served to distract attention from the alleged mistakes of Shiloh, and Grant was no longer subject to the

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