it was a mistake.
I now wish to make the personal acknowledgment that you were right, and I was wrong.”
Other men, soldiers and civilians, ignorant of the difficulties and obstacles to be encountered, had made plans for taking Vicksburg
, but few were so frank as President Lincoln
, who, from that hour, had the fullest confidence in Grant
, and gave him his hearty support.
, who had been so slow to acknowledge Grant
's ability, but who was thoroughly competent to judge of the merits of a campaign accomplished, wrote, “Your narrative of the campaign, like the operations themselves, is brief, soldierly, and in every respect creditable and satisfactory.
In boldness of plan, rapidity of execution, and brilliancy of routes, these operations will compare most favorably with those of Napoleon
When, on the 4th of July, Grant
rode into the captured city, it was without any ostentatious parade, or any exhibition of triumph.
The rebel soldiers stared at him curiously, as if they wondered how so unpretending a man could be a great general.
Stopping at Pemberton
's headquarters, he dismounted, and alone entered the porch of the house, neither guard nor officer receiving him. There sat Pemberton
and his rebel officers, occupying all the seats; but, though they recognized him, not one of these polished scions of chivalry had the grace to offer him a chair, nor to give him a glass of cold water when he asked for it. It was, however, a sullen incivility and exhibition of bad temper, which had little effect on Grant
Though he wore no air of haughty triumph, he was conscious