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[277] and made it possible for Grant to be afterward President of the United States. Colonel Frank Schaller, now no more, told me that when Bragg received the order to retire from the cowering enemy and harmless gunboat fire, his indignation was boundless, and, in a fury, he broke his sword across his knees. It is strange that this same General should, by any fault of his, have subsequently permitted the intrepid Whiting to be defeated and virtually slain.

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