The Military Memoirs of General John Pope

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Chapter Seven
Federal Generals at Corinth

An interesting fact connected with the investment of Corinth by General Halleck in May, 1862, I have not seen noticed in any papers on the war and yet it is so striking as to be well worthy of mention. It is the fact that in various grades and in various commands of the army in front of Corinth, were found nearly every one of the generals who attained the highest rank and won the greatest honors of the war. Halleck, Grant, Sherman, Sheridan, Thomas, Logan, McPherson, Buell and Rosecrans and many others who subsequently greatly distinguished themselves, were present and took active part (if any such word as active can be applied to any of the operations around Corinth) in that siege. Of course there was no opportunity for distinction in such military work as we then executed, except, indeed, in the amount and massiveness of the fieldworks we built at every step of our advance upon that ill-fortified village. In the trenches and redoubts of earth we dug and piled up there we left grave room enough for the people of the entire state of Mis

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