, testify not only to the amount of his labors, but to his comprehensive generalship, his fidelity to every duty, and a remarkable administrative power, which qualifies him for the highest civil as well as military position.
And all was done with his characteristic quiet and self-reliance, without haste or impatience, and without ostentation.
In five days after Grant
's arrival at Chattanooga
, communication with Nashville
was opened, by dint of energy, skilful movements, and some sharp fighting, and supplies were brought in abundance to the army, which had been living on half rations.
The soldiers thus relieved, regained their spirit and enthusiasm, and hailed Grant
as a leader whom they were proud to serve under.
With wondrous energy, aided by his able subordinates; Thomas
, he had changed the aspect of affairs, loosened the clutch of the enemy, brought up supplies, and secured the safety of Chattanooga
And this, so promptly done, was an augury of future movements and future success, by which the defeat at Chickamauga
should be avenged.
The first and most important operation, the relief and safety of the army at Chattanooga
, had been accomplished, but it must be followed promptly with a similar service for Burnside
's army in East Tennessee
To this Grant
also gave his personal attention, his first measure being to provide supplies for Burnside
in his distant and not easily accessible position.
This was followed by still more important measures, contemplating the relief of Burnside
's army from the superior forces of the enemy.
As soon as Bragg
found himself foiled at Chattanooga
, he sent Longstreet
, with a large