Grant and His Campaigns: A Military Biography

Grant and His Campaigns: A Military Biography

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Grant and His Campaigns: A Military Biography

Grant and His Campaigns: A Military Biography

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The following Military Biography of Lieutenant-General Grant is intended to offer but an outline of the great events in which he has borne the most distinguished part. As he held an independent command of troops in the field, from the beginning of the war-- the movement upon Corinth only excepted--I have endeavored to present his plans, their execution, and the results, without entering into the minute details of the battle tactics; giving only so much of these as is necessary to enable the reader to understand the general's purposes and achievements.

In writing the life of a subordinate commander, we should gain in detail, but lose in comprehension,--dwelling more upon what he did, than upon the relations sustained to other men and movements on the field; but it is different here. Grant's life requires a glance at every part of the field of Pittsburg Landing; the great outline of the Vicksburg campaign; a summary of the splendid military successes at Chattanooga. After his appointment as commander-in- chief, all parts of the vast theatre of operations must be considered; while, as he made his headquarters with the Army of the Potomac, and personally directed it, more stress must be laid upon the movements of that army than upon others.

I have said thus much by way of self-vindication, should any reader--especially some gallant soldier--fail to find as many battle pictures, and as much of the movements of the lesser organizations, as he had expected. I could not neglect the philosophy of Grant's history, and there was not space for both.

In describing his earlier campaigns, I have had recourse to much fuller material than in the latter portions. The reports of many subordinate commanders, Union and Confederate, have been pub-

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