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From earlyintheWarI hadbeen impressedwith theideathatactive,andcontinuous operations of allthetroopsthat couldbe brought intothe field,regardlessofseasonand weather, were necessary to a speedy terminationof the giganticrebellionraging in the land. Theresources oftheenemy,andhis numericalstrength, was farinferiortoours. Butasan ofset[sic]to thiswehada vastterritory,with apopulation hostile to the government, togar-rison,and long lines of river andrail-road communication, trthrough terri-tory equallyhostile,toprotect to secure in order that the moreactiveArmiesmight be supplied.—WhilstEastern and Western Armies werefighting in-dependent battles, workingtogether likeabalkyteamwherenotwoeverpulledtogether,givingSummers andWinters toalmostentireinactivity, thusenabling theenemy to use togreat advantagehis his- interiorlinesof com-munication fortransportingportion of hisArmies fromone theatre of Wartoanother, and tofurloughlargenumbers of theArmyiesduringthese sea-sons of inactivity to go totheirhome and do theworkof producing for thesuport of these Armies, itwas a questionwhetherournumericalstrengthwas notmore than balancedbythese[dis]advantages.Myopinion wasfirmlyfixedlong beforethehonor of commanding allour Armies had beenconferedonmethat nopeace could behadthat wouldbestable,orconduciveto thehappinessof North or South, untiltheMilitarypowerofthe rebellionwasentirely broken.Believingusto be onepeople,Source:JohnY.Simon, ed.,ThePapers of Ulysses S. Grant(Carbondale: Southern IllinoisUniversityPress, 1988),XV:pp. 164-166.
User name:SANDRA HALLBook:Thinking Through the Past, Volume I, 5th EditionPage:304. No part of any book may be reproduced or transmitted bw ill be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.304 Chapter 12 Grand Theory, Great Battles, and Historical Causesone blood and with identical interests, I doandhave felt the same interestinthewelfaultimate welfareof theSouthasofthe North.Theguilty,nomat-ter what theiroffence ortowhatsectiontheybelong, shouldbepunishedaccordingto their guilt. The leaders inthis rebellion againsttheGovernmenthave been guiltyof themost heinous offence knownto ourlaws. Let them,reapthe rewardoftheir offence.Here then is thebasisofall plansformedattheonset.1stFirsttousethe greatest number oftroopspracticable againstthe Armed forceoftheenemy. To prevent thatenemyfrom usingthe sameforce,at different sea-sons, against first one Army andthen another,and to prevent the possibil-ity of repose for refitting andproducing the necessary supplies for carryingonresistance. Second;to hammercontinuously at the Armed forceoftheenemy,and hisresources, until bymere attricion[sic],if in noother way,there shouldbenothing left to him but anequalsubmission withtheloyalsectionofourcommoncountryto the universallawofthe land. Theseviewshave beenkeptconstantly beforemeand orders givenandcampaigns made tocarry themout. Howwellit hasbeendone itisforthe public, who havetomourn the lossof friendswhohavefallen in theexecution,andto pay theexpensepecuniarycost of all this, tosay.

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Meeks,Hajra
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Emancipation Proclamation, American Civil War, Confederate States of America, Union army, Confederate States Army, The Rivals, Sandra Hall

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