worthy of the love and respect of the people, and stamped him as an incorruptible patriot, to whom the highest trusts may be safely committed.
was in truth the legitimate and complete product of the war, and after his triumph at Vicksburg
began to be regarded as the man for the crisis.
Hitherto the country had looked in vain for the great leader who should conduct to victory the grand army of men and the grand power of ideas furnished by the loyal North
One more campaign, another growth of power, another manifestation of military genius, another victory, and the government and people alike were ready to hail Ulysses S. Grant
as the great captain raised up by Providence
to be the deliverer of his country.
After the capture of Vicksburg
, and the complete accomplishment of the purpose of the campaign, Grant
suggested to the government an expedition against Mobile
He desired that his success should be promptly followed up by vigorous movements which should weaken and dispirit the rebels, and he considered Mobile
as the next most important point of attack in the south-west, and at that time not very difficult to capture.
His suggestions were no longer treated with contempt or indifference by Halleck
, who joined him in wishing he had a sufficient force at his disposal to accomplish the purpose.
But at this time England
were meddling in the affairs of Mexico
, and France
was especially forward not only in crushing out Mexican
republicanism, but in its propositions to mediate, or rather to interfere, in the contest between the government and the rebels.
It was therefore deemed of much political importance