has only one move for each, and that to give it away.
Nor was it only because of Appomattox
, or because they had lost heart, that the lesser rebels yielded.
was absolutely surrounded, for Stoneman
were in his rear, while Sherman
was in front, and Meade
were approaching from the North
The troops that escaped from Mobile
were between Canby
and the cavalry, and if they had tried could have done no better than their fellows.
The rebellion was conquered at all points at the same time.
It had no armies except in front of greater ones.
It had no supplies except separated from its armies.
It had no arsenals, no armories, no railroads left; yet it surrendered a thousand cannon and a hundred and seventy thousand soldiers.
This was not the result of brute force.
This was not mere outnumbering or overwhelming.
It was the disposition of the national armies, between, around, and among the rebel forces, as well as the incessant blows dealt by those armies, which made it impossible, after Appomattox
, for any organized rebel force to make a move in any direction that did not entail upon itself absolute and immediate destruction.
These splendid successes of the general-in-chief
, however, could never have been accomplished without the faithful support of the government and the executive ability of subordinate commanders, as well as the peculiar quality of the national soldiers.
Not even the appreciation of the situation, the conception of the plan, nor the power to work out the combinations, nor all these altogether would have sufficed.
was indeed peculiarly and fortunately placed.