Unless he is able and willing and ready to do all this, unless he does all this in spite of obstacles and opposition, he may be an engineer or a strategist, a tactician or a scientist-he is not a general.
No man but a hero is fit to command armies.
had got word, through the rebel newspapers, first of the fall of Branchville
, then of Columbia
, and then of Charleston
, which the rebels could not hold after Sherman
It fell like Jericho
, without being attacked, and Gillmore
was ordered to occupy it. This last news arrived on the 20th of February, and on the 21st, intelligence came that Fort Anderson
was in Schofield
On the 24th, Grant
learned of the capture of Wilmington
, and at once recommended Schofield
for a brigadier-generalcy in the regular army.
He made the reward an incentive, and, when he announced the promotion to Schofield
, continued: ‘I hope and know you will push out and form a connection with Sherman
at the earliest practicable moment.
If you reach Goldsboro
and have a fair prospect of getting your road finished soon, it may be unnecessary for Sherman
to come down to the coast.
Make every effort to communicate with Sherman
at once. . . Every effort has been made to get you troops and all else called for through, but the ice has kept everything back very much. . . . If you and Sherman
are united, you can keep as far in the interior of North Carolina
as you may be able to supply yourselves.
With the large force you will have united, Raleigh
may not be found too far off.’
At this time Schofield
was dissatisfied with one of his subordinates, and Grant
wrote to him: ‘Do ’