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 Posted: Sun Feb 12th, 2012 03:11 am
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I agree with your thoughts.  Grant's strength was shown again and again, even on the verge of defeat, which he so often turned into victory.  Though he didn't win the Wilderness campaign and could not crush Lee at Spottsylvania, he proved to his men that he would never give up.  Lee knew this too.  The old fox had finally met his match.  Unlike McDowell, Pope, McClelland, Hooker, Burnside, and Meade, as Commander-in-chief of the Union forces Grant was totally relentless.  A reporter once saw him appear to break down during he Wilderness campaign.  He went into his tent and wept, yet when he emerged from the tent, the reporter saw the resolve in Grant's eyes return.  The reporter was greatly moved.  He was convinced that it was only a matter of time before the cause was won.  Unlike the other commanders who broke and stayed broken, Grant took stock of himself and forged ahead.

My favorite impression of this epoch, as told by a correspondent, is the picture of Ulysses S. Grant sitting under a tree whittling on a twig, sucking on his cigar, seemingly unruffled by the tumult around him. 

---- Wordsmith

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