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Robert Stiles, Four years under Marse Robert, Chapter 21: Cold Harbor of 1864. (search)
elieve what may be regarded as adverse criticism of Grant. I said the soldiers of the Army of Northern Virginia did not generally consider Grant as a great strategist or maneuverer. His friends have entered for him a plea by way of confession and avoidance of this negative indictment — a good, sound plea. We cannot demur to it, and the Court of Impartial History will never strike it out as immaterial or improper, nor record a verdict that it is false. I have not before me just now General Badeau's life of his chief, but in it he, in effect, says that Grant did not maneuver against the Army of Northern Virginia, because he found maneuvering of no avail against that army. Other Federal generals have made in substance the same remark. Maneuvering differs from fighting as a force in war, in this, that fighting is purely physical, while maneuvering gets in its work largely upon the moral plane. Its most deadly and disastrous effect is wrought by the destruction of confidence; con
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ermarle County, Va., 355 Alexander, Edward Porter, 293, 316 Amelia County, Va., 318, 351 American Bible Society, 144 Anderson, George Thomas, 276, 286 Anderson, Richard Heron, 165, 168, 192, 209, 274 Appomattox Campaign, 238-40, 318-35, 351 Armistead, Lewis Addison, 112 Armistead, Thomas S., 229 Artillerists lauded, 53-58. Artillery, Confederate, general description of, 52-58, 95 Atlanta Campaign, 300-301, 317 Atlee's Station, Va., 269-70. Atrocities, 80-81. Badeau, Adam, 304-305. Baldwin, John Brown, 31, 50 Ball's Bluff, 61-63, 234 Baltimore, Md., 240, 354 Baptists, 139 Barksdale, Thomas, 149 Barksdale, William: before the war, 26, 28-29; during the war, 64,95, 129, 131-33, 179; troops of, 26, 64- 65, 68-71, 95, 97, 128-33, 138-39, 144, 176, 179, 223, 261, 292-93. Barnes, Beau, 252-53. Barrett, ............ (orderly), 260-61, 270 Battle fatigue, 77 Battlefield tours, 92-94, 107 Bayonets used in action, 333 Beauregard, Pie