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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 12. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), A Northern opinion of Grant's generalship. (search)
rness, and accuracy of detail, that he has reached somewhere near the truth of his subject. His statements are indeed tacitly admitted by other writers on the last year of the war in Virginia, but have been either clouded over or not brought forward to the importance they properly deserve. Neither do I understand that he reflects on the mistakes and failures of the Union General with the severity he well might employ, but leaves the reader to draw an evident conclusion for himself. Colonel Hambley, of the British army, in his great work on the Art of War, a work which I have never seen seriously questioned, speaks of General Grant as one who was successful on a moderate terrain like Vicksburg, but whose Virginia campaign was a failure, and elsewhere of Grant's useless sacrifice of ten thousand men at Cold Harbor. This judgment is tacitly supported in General Humphreys's book by what would seem to be a column of indisputable facts. I understand from him that General Grant was at