A Yankee opinion of Grant.
--The following, from the Harford Times,
shows that some people in the North
are capable of judging impartially of Grant
's campaign — the most stupendous failure of modern times:
has shown none of the qualifications of a prudent and able general in his campaign against Richmond
He has given up the lives of brave and noble men with a degree of prodigality, if not of downright recklessness, quite unparalleled in the annals of war. Not the bloodiest campaigns of Bonaparte
can vie in bloody horror with Grant
's disastrous record of two brief months.
The wholesale butchery has shocked and astounded the civilized world.
Until the battle of the Wilderness
, followed by the still bloodier ground of Spotsylvania
, with its butchery of forty thousand, the people of Europe
had not begun to realize the terrible character of this war.
What, indeed, can be said of a campaign of two months, which, while it has gained for us no advantage, has sacrificed 80,000 men, of whom a fearful proportion are slain?
The attempt to establish for him claim to generalship is simply idle and utterly empty, as the tale of his successes, or his speedy capture of Richmond
and the great railways running to it entirely exposed, and showing no military skill or prudence, but merely ordering brave men to dash out their lives against impregnable defences and frowning batteries, General Grant
now telegraphs that all is well!
Are the fools all dead, or are there none but fools living to swallow down gigantic humbugs?
Have the people lost their senses?
Are they blind, that they cannot see a mountain when it rises up, grim and frowning, before them, with its jutting rocks dashing in their skulls as they rush madly on?
At no time has the weak head of this nation comprehended the magnitude of this war, nor does he understand the situation of the nation over which he presides.
Groveling in the disgusting frivolity of obscene anecdotes, he is lost to all sense alike of the real situation of his bleeding country and of the ordinary proprieties of his official position.
The dignity of the Executive
chair of a great and proud nation has been trampled in the mire.
This man's election was a sore calamity to the nation; but what is surprising now is, that so many of his partisans will shut their eyes and cry hallelujah when he foolishly deposes our ablest Generals
and conducts this terrible war for selfish, personal and political objects.
Under the policy of this weak man, not only military ruin, but financial destruction, must inevitably come upon a great and gallant people.