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Grant's Tactics.

We think it may be safely asserted that, since war first became known to mankind, no General ever sacrificed his men so recklessly, so remorselessly, and to so little purpose, as General Grant. He started from his camp on the North side of the Rappahannock, little more than a month ago, with 130,000 men. He has been reinforced, according to the statements of his friends, by more than 80,000 since that time, viz.: Stanton says he sent him 25,000 veterans after the battle of the 12th May; Butler has sent him 20,000, and prisoners say he has received 40,000 from Ohio and other sources, making a total of 85,000. Yet his army, at this day, in the opinion of those best qualified to judge, does not greatly exceed 100,000 men, and is, certainly, greatly inferior in numbers to what it was when he started on his crusade. He lost 75,000 in Spotsylvania, and his losses in Hanover cannot have fallen very far short of 25,000.--Thus he has sacrificed 100,000 men, the flower not only of his own troops, but of the whole United States army. In return he has effected nothing, absolutely nothing. Lee's entire loss since the campaign opened, does not amount to 17,000, all told, killed, wounded and missing. He has never once been forced from a position, and has only fallen back, when his enemy despairing of victory, has attempted to slide off to his left and get in rear without farther fighting. Grant in the meantime has been brought up before McClellan's old lines beyond the Chickahominy, and is not able to take a single step in advance. He has thrown away 100,000 men to obtain what he could have had for nothing.

The Confederacy has great cause to congratulate itself upon the choice Lincoln has made of a Lieutenant General. They desire to see this war brought to an end, and Grant is the very man to do it. Had the distance between Richmond and Spotsylvania been one hundred miles greater, we are disposed to think he would have reached the end of his journey with not more than one hundred men.

If Grant is whipped on land, however, he is always victorious on paper. We have sometimes wondered why he takes the trouble to fight at all. He can demolish armies with a stroke of his pen, and capture cities by a flash of the telegraph. Why not confine his exertions entirely to the composition of telegraphic dispatches? He succeeds far better at that than he does at fighting. Lee whipped him in at least ten battles, in Spotsylvania and Hanover; yet he continually flogs Lee on the wires.--He inflicts very little loss on Lee with his army, but he slaughters his men by the thousand with the telegraph. Where, then, is the use of fighting with any other weapon than the wires? If he can gain so many victories with that instrument, why cannot he take Richmond with it? If a telegraphic victory satisfy Lincoln and the rest of Yankeedom, we do not see why it should not satisfy Grant, since the applause of those interesting people is all that he aspires to. Let Grant sit down and telegraph a big victory every day for a week, and then the capture of Richmond. He will be a greater demigod with the Yankees than he ever was. Great advantage will be found in the fact that he will be without a competitor. Gen. Lee can beat Grant in the field, but he is no match for him in telegraphing. Grant may lie as much as he pleases. Gen. Lee will not contradict him. He will only flog him the next time he catches him, and set him to inventing more lies.

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