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" When you first reached the vicinity of Vicksburg, I thought you should do what you finally did — march the troops across the neck, run the batteries with the transports, and thus go below; and I never had any faith, except a general hope that you knew... "
The Life and Administration of Abraham Lincoln: Presenting His Early History ... - Page 78
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Why the North Won the Civil War

Henry Steele Commager, David Herbert Donald - History - 1996 - 127 pages
...Lincoln, "I never had any faith, except a general hope that you knew better than I, that the Yazoo Pass expedition, and the like, could succeed. When...thought you should go down the river and join General [NP] Banks; and when you turned northward east of the Big Black, I feared it was a mistake. I now wish...
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Grant Rises in the West: From Iuka to Vicksburg, 1862-1863

Kenneth Powers Williams - History - 1997 - 616 pages
...have done the country." After commenting on the fruitless efforts in the bayous, the President said: When you got below and took Port Gibson, Grand Gulf,...acknowledgment that you were right and I was wrong. Grant's reply was carried to Washington by Rawlins, with reports of the campaign, as well as rolls...
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Leaders of the American Civil War: A Biographical and Historiographical ...

Charles F. Ritter, Jon L. Wakelyn - History - 1998 - 465 pages
...generous letter Lincoln confessed he had thought Grant had made a series of mistakes in his campaign. "I now wish to make the personal acknowledgment that you were right, and I was wrong," he wrote (Easier, 6:326). The episode — the president's self-restraint in allowing Grant to proceed...
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The Longest Night: A Military History of the Civil War

David J Eicher - History - 2002 - 992 pages
...country. ... I never had any faith, except a general hope that you knew better than I, that the Yazoo Pass expedition and the like could succeed. When you...make the personal acknowledgment that you were right as I was wrong." Lincoln finally had a major event to celebrate. 'The Father of Waters again goes unvexed...
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Grant

Jean Edward Smith - Biography & Autobiography - 2001 - 784 pages
...below; and I never had any faith, except in a general hope that you knew better than I, that the Yazoo Pass expedition, and the like, could succeed. When...vicinity, I thought you should go down the river and join Gen. Banks; and when you turned Northward East of the Big Black, I feared it was a mistake. I now wish...
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Pemberton: Defender of Vicksburg

John C. Pemberton - History - 2002 - 366 pages
...below; and I never had any faith, except a general hope that you knew better than I, that the Yazoo Pass expedition and the like could succeed. When you...vicinity, I thought you should go down the river and join Gen. Banks; and when you turned northward, east of the Big Black, I feared it was a mistake. I now...
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The Lincoln Enigma: The Changing Faces of an American Icon

G. S. Boritt - History - 2002 - 324 pages
...confessed that he had doubted Grant's strategy in approaching the city from the south, and then wrote, "I now wish to make the personal acknowledgment that you were right, and I was wrong." Unlike George Meade, who regularly called councils of war to gain the advice of his generals, Lincoln...
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To Battle for God and the Right: The Civil War Letterbooks of Emerson Opdycke

Emerson Opdycke - History - 2003 - 332 pages
...below; and I never had any faith, except a general hope that you knew better than I, that the Yazoo Pass expedition, and the like, could succeed. When...vicinity, I thought you should go down the river and join Gen. Banks; and when you turned Northward East of the Big Black, I feared it was a mistake. I now wish...
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Citizen Lincoln

Ward McAfee - History - 2004 - 229 pages
...questioned Grant's strategy, as he had done with so many other generals before. He closed with these words: "I now wish to make the personal acknowledgment that you were right, and I was wrong." Lincoln had at last found a general he could respect.12 TURNING GRANT LOOSE The advance of Union armies...
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Vicksburg: The Campaign that Opened the Mississippi

Michael B. Ballard - History - 2004 - 490 pages
...the country." l,ater in the same note, Lincoln commented, "When you got below, and took Port-Gibson, Grand Gulf, and vicinity, I thought you should go down the river and join Gen. Banks; and when yon turned Northward East of the Big Black, I feared it was a mistake. I now wish...
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