The Military Memoirs of General John Pope

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Chapter Eight
We Frittered Away Our Strength

The evacuation of Corinth, preceded by the capture of Henry, Donelson and Island No. Ten and the desperate but indecisive Battle of Shiloh, appears to terminate the first period of the war in the West. By this time the troops in the field had acquired steadiness and discipline and might fairly be considered seasoned soldiers. They had been so uniformly successful that they were in the best possible spirits and ready for any enterprise and capable of carrying almost any undertaking to a successful issue. In all possible respects the outlook in the West was favorable to the government. The natural course of military operations had brought about what ought, from the beginning, to have been the main object of the Union generals - a concentration of both armies at Corinth. The superiority of the North in men and means made it certain that they would be able to appear under such conditions with largely superior forces and better equipment. To bring the war to a speedy end with the least suffering and loss to communities, it was beyond anything

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