he drove the rebel army.
To this passion Warren
succumbed as well as the enemy; and it may be that the double downfall was necessary.
At all events, so Sheridan
thought and felt.
He was aware that critical and instant movements might be precipitated.
might even yet turn on him with the bulk of what remained of the rebel army; he was himself isolated still from Grant
He must have a man who shared his spirit and would carry out his orders, and Warren
, whatever his merits, was not this man.
Yet there need be no suspicion of Warren
's patriotism or gallantry.
He was as desirous of success as Sheridan
himself; he lost a horse under him in this battle, and doubtless was thunderstruck when the order came for him to be relieved.
His accomplishments no one denied; his abilities under certain contingencies would have been all sufficient.
He simply did not possess that daring impetuosity, that splendid enthusiasm, that prompt, impatient, irresistible spirit which in other emergencies is indispensable.
He was not a soldier to wring victory out of defeat, to seize upon an instant, to move without regard to flanks or reserves or even the enemy, to forget everything but the order to advance.
had found this out before, and supported Sheridan
fully on this occasion.
had three aides-de-camp
this day, sending them in succession to communicate his views.
was instructed first to say that the movements of the main army would very much depend upon the result of Sheridan
's operations; that Grant
would have preferred to send him the Sixth corps, but it was at too great