Business, public and private, pleasure, and sorrow even, gave way to the universal jubilee.
Millions shouted praises to Grant
and his victorious legions, his name blazed in illuminations in honor of the Union
triumph, and he was enthusiastically hailed as the second savior of his country.
And he was fully entitled to the honors and praises awarded to him, by the grateful people.
Not only had he achieved this decisive and crowning victory, but through the war he had struck more heavy and damaging blows than any other general in the army, and had done more than any other to weaken and subdue the rebel armies.
, at Shiloh
, at Vicksburg
, and at Chattanooga
, he had won great victories, which thrilled the loyal people with joy, and endeared him to their hearts.
, in the Wilderness
, at Spottsylvania
, and at Cold Harbor, he had struck so heavily and effectively as to stagger, if not defeat, the enemy, while never, in all his conflicts, had he been driver from the field or forced to retreat.
Moreover, under his direction, as commander of all the national armies, Sherman
had won his victories in Georgia
, made his “grand march to the sea,” and moved through the Carolinas with unvaried success, to join in a final and irresistible campaign against the exhausted Confederacy; Thomas
had won his glorious victory at Nashville
had captured Mobile
had taken Fort Fisher
; and Sheridan
had vanquished Early
in the Valley of the Shenandoah
In the campaigns under his immediate command, he had captured more than a hundred thousand prisoners
, and hundreds of cannon, while