By persistent movements to the left, Grant
seized the Weldon Railroad, an important line of communication between Richmond
and the South
, and held it against all the efforts of the rebels to regain it. The tenacity with which he held what he gained was illustrated at that time, as the reader may recollect, by a popular cartoon in one of the pictorial papers, in which Grant
was represented as a mastiff sitting composedly before the bone of contention, and asking the canine rebels, “Why don't you come and take it?”
Other advantages were gained, and cavalry raids interrupted the rebel communications, and subjected them to loss and a dearth of supplies which discouraged both army and people.
was now waiting for the developments of other campaigns, laying his plans and making preparations for the final and successful operations which were to commence as soon as the proper time arrived.
During this period of comparative inactivity and absence of palpable results, the country, ignorant of what was in store, became again a little impatient.
There were some who clamored for more active operations; and though the general faith in Grant
was not lost, there were occasional demands that he should give place to Sherman
, who appeared more active.
, undisturbed by such clamors, quietly pursued his way, conscious that he was faithfully serving his, country, and confident that his plans, embracing the movements of all the armies, would result in that great and final success which the country desired.
In the mean time Sherman
had made his brilliant and successful campaign to Atlanta
, and by strategy and