upon this movement, he sent to the President
the following brief despatch:--
“I am on to Richmond
All goes well.”
In allusion to this despatch, the President
said, with characteristic point,--
has gone ahead, and drawn his ladder after him.”
But the rebels had the advantage of interior lines, and, perceiving Grant
's movement, reached Spottsylvania
There they already had fortifications, which they promptly strengthened, and occupied a strong position.
The country was more favorable for grand tactics, and Grant
made some brilliant manoeuvres and attacks, which forced the rebels within their strongest works.
It was from this place that he sent to Washington
his famous despatch, which thrilled the country with its determined spirit, and became familiar throughout the land.
It simply recounted, in the briefest possible terms, what had been done, and his own determination, It contained no boast, and no extravagant promise; no call for reenforcements, and no complaint; but it showed the spirit of the great commander, and that with which he inspired the army.