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Chapter 8:

    • Campaign against Richmond.
    • -- Grant's vigor and his staff. -- strategy. -- Grant with the army of the Potomac. -- his tenacity. -- no such thing as defeat. -- his eye always towards the front. -- he didn't believe in disaster. -- practical application of science. -- use of a rebel shell. -- flank movement.--β€œon to Richmond.” -- at Spottsylvania. -- the famous despatch: β€œI propose to fight it out on this line.” -- a pause in the fight, and efficient work in the rear. -- Croakers' talk of strategy and Copperhead abuse. -- Grant's purpose. -- hard fighting and strategy equally valued. -- the purpose never abandoned. -- desperate resistance of the enemy. -- Grant's skilful manoeuvres. -- his hold on Lee. -- General Butler's movement. -- Grant disappointed. -- before Petersburg. -- the rebels kept busy. -- the Weldon railroad. -- laying plans and waiting the developments of other campaigns. -- a new clamor. -- Sherman's brilliant operations.--the final campaign. -- Grant the director. -- his strategy, Manceuvres, sagacity, and persistency. -- Flight of Jeff Davis and retreat of Lee's army. -- Grant chooses Lee's route. -- the pursuit. -- Lee in a Strait. -- correspondence. -- the interview at Appomattox. -- the surrender and Downfall of the rebel Confederacy. -- joy of the people. -- Grant's honors well won. -- what he had done.

As soon as the general plan of the campaign of 1864 had been determined upon by Grant, he went vigorously to work to carry it into effect. He had no taste for show, and gave no time to it. He did not believe in delay, and would not tolerate it. Ready to work himself, and capable of accomplishing a great deal of labor, he set a good example, and required it

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