Pemberton at Vicksburg.
This must be solved by experts.
Many of the men who had consummate knowledge of the situation are dead, but they have left records, and some persons may survive who can set the matter right, without disparagement of any actors in the scene.
What prominent general of our interstate conflict was free from commission of error, on either side?
The greatest of all—Robert E. Lee—ascribed to himself the disaster at Gettysburg, although Major Kyd Douglas told the Count of Paris that Lee needed just such a reverse to admonish him that Stonewall Jackson was dead.
At Shiloh, General Beauregard's unfortunate order of retreat saved the Federals from capture or destruction, and made it possible for Grant to be afterward President of the United States. Colonel Frank Schaller, now no more, told me that when Bragg received the order to retire from the cowering enemy and harmless gunboat fire, his indignation was boundless, and, in a fury, he broke his sword across his kne