The Mississippi Valley in the Civil War

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Houghton, Mifflin, 1900 - Mississippi River Valley - 368 pages

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Page 300 - As there may still be some non-combatants in Chattanooga, I deem it proper to notify you that prudence would dictate their early withdrawal.
Page 67 - I have had no communication with General Grant for more than a week. He left his command without my authority, and went to Nashville. His army seems to be as much demoralized by the victory of Fort Donelson as was that of the Potomac by the defeat of Bull Run.
Page 100 - I saw an open field, in our possession on the second day, over which the Confederates had made repeated charges the day before, so covered with dead that it would have been possible to walk across the clearing, in any direction, stepping on dead bodies, without a foot touching the ground.
Page 246 - If you can't feed us, you had better surrender us, horrible as the idea is, than suffer this noble army to disgrace themselves by desertion. I tell you plainly, men are not going to lie here and perish, if they do love their country dearly.
Page 246 - Self-preservation is the first law of nature, and hunger will compel a man to do almost anything. You had better heed a warning voice, though it is the voice of a private soldier. This army is now ripe for mutiny, unless it can be fed.
Page 67 - The future success of our cause demands that proceedings such as Grant's should at once be checked. Generals must observe discipline as well as private soldiers. Do not hesitate to arrest him at once if the good of the service requires it, and place CF Smith in command. You are at liberty to regard this as a positive order if it will smooth your way.
Page 207 - I believe my success here is gall and wormwood to the clique of West Pointers who have been persecuting me for months.
Page 128 - Drifting helplessly, a mass of flames. The crowds on the levee howled and screamed with rage. The swarming decks answered never a word; but one old tar on the Hartford, standing with lanyard in hand beside a great pivot-gun, so plain to view that you could see him smile, silently patted its big black breech and blandly grinned.
Page 126 - In less than an hour and a half from the commencement of the action the enemy was in full retreat.
Page 254 - I feel degraded at such an auctioneering of honors Have we a general who would fight for his own personal benefit when he would not for honor and his country ? He would come by his commission basely in that case, and deserve to be despised by men of honor.

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