nearly exhausted, and whichever first attacked would win; and then he declared: ‘The rebels will have to be very quick, if they beat me.’
, there was the same indomitable perseverance and confidence which made him say to Buell
at the darkest moment of the fight, when that commander inquired, ‘What preparations have you made for retreating?’
‘I haven't despaired of whipping them yet;’ and inspired the orders to Sherman
to advance on the morrow, before Buell
, he displayed again the untiring persistency, the willingness to try all schemes until the right one was found; then the bold conception of running the batteries and separating his army from its base, plunging into the interior between two hostile forces, contrary to all the rules of the schools and the urgent counsel of his ablest subordinates; and finally the celerity, the audacity, the strategical manoeuvres, the marches, the counter-marches, the five successful battles of the great campaign—except the Appomattox
week, the most brilliant episode of the war. At Chattanooga
, there came the larger responsibilities, the wider sphere, the varied combinations of the three armies, culminating in the elaborate tactical plans and evolutions of Lookout mountain
and Missionary ridge
—a meet preparation for the still grander duties he was to assume and the more comprehensive strategy he was to unfold as generalin-chief of the whole.
His entire career was indeed up to this point a prelude and preface for what was to follow.
Events were educating him for the position he was destined to occupy.
He learned the peculiar characteristics of American war. He found out that