and discipline of veterans, and the confidence and ardor of victors.
By skilful movements, concealed from the enemy, Sherman
's army was moved through Chattanooga
and across the river to confront the rebel right.
The rapidity and energy with which this movement was made, involving the constructiou of bridges and transportation of troops, artillery, and supplies, were worthy of the army which, under the prompt, vigorous, and persistent lead of Grant
, had made the brilliant campaign of Vicksburg
Contrast the movements of this army, not only in that arduous campaign under Grant
, but in its long and difficult march under Sherman
, through swamps, across rivers, over mountains, fighting and skirmishing, with the slow progress of the army of the Potomac under McClellan
up the Peninsula
, where there were no serious obstacles!
But there was a new order of things in the army now, and especially at the west; and Hooker
, who had chafed at the delays and want of vigor in the Peninsular campaign
, at Chattanooga
found a general who gave him all he wanted to do, expected him to surmount stupendous difficulties and fight the enemy at the same time, and who would not pause when the golden moment for decisive action came, and say, This is all that was intended for the day.
The battle of Chattanooga
was one of the most remarkable in the war, and indeed one of the most notable in modern history.
Notwithstanding the great advantage of position the enemy enjoyed, and the difficult character of the ground, Grant
so laid his plans, and they were so carried out by the skill of his subordinates