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483 > Page 483 of Novels, stories, sketches, and poems of Thomas Nelson Page (vol. 17)

AUTUMUN OF 18C 3 coniplishment greater than any other general had attained. And in the campagn of 1S64-65 he conducted the military operations of the Army of the Potomac, though he did not dictate the policy. Grant himself declared later in his official report of July 22, 1865, that, while he commanded all the armies, he had tried, as far as possible, to leave General Meade in independent command of the Army of the Potomac. " My instructions for that army," he said, "were all through him and were general in their nature, leaving all the details and execution to him." He directed the general operations, but Meade directed mainly the movements of the several corps and under him fought the battles. Yet undoubtedly Grant was the master spirit and the abler soldier. Mr. Lincoln had some time before reached the conclusion, as most other t;hinking men had, that so long as Lee's army remained in the field, commanded by Lee, the South could not be sub- jugated. And in this view General Grant wholly concurred. The destruction of Lee's army, there- fore, became the avowed object of both Lincoln and Grant. The method was simple in concep- tion--to give man for man-or, if that would not accomplish the object, to give two men for one till Humphreys' "Virginia Campaign of 1864 and 1865," p. 6. 483