outwitted or outnumbered.
It was indispensable to annihilate armies and resources; to place every rebel force where it had no alternative but destruction or submission, and every store or supply of arms or munitions or food or clothes where it could be reached by no rebel army.
's greatness consisted in his perception of this condition of affairs, and his adaptation of all his means to meeting it. When he became general-in-chief he at once conceived this idea, and understood the terrible nature of the task he must assume.
He made all his plans and combinations with this in view.
The scope of those plans included the entire republic.
The army of the Potomac at the East
's forces at the West
constituted the two great motive powers; but in Virginia
on the James
in the Valley
were to assist Meade
on the Rapidan
, while at the West
was to meet Sherman
, both marching towards Mobile
All were combined and directed with a common purpose and a central aim.
These combinations were sometimes interrupted or thwarted in their development.
each met many obstacles before either sat down in front of the strategical objective point of his army; Butler
both failed in their cooperation in Virginia
, while Banks
failed to cooperate at all before Mobile
himself entered upon an encounter as terrible as that of Christian with Apollyon in the Valley of the Shadow
The struggle was prolonged and bitter, and the national commander received as well as inflicted appalling loss; but he persisted in his advance amid carnage and assaults with that awful