His aim was as clear as daylight to Kutúzov: if the defense failed, to throw the blame on Kutúzov who had brought the army as far as the Sparrow Hills without giving battle; if it succeeded, to claim the success as his own; or if battle were not given, to clear himself of the crime of abandoning Moscow.
If it be left to itself, it flags and languishes; agitation only gives it grace and vigour. Perhaps there was a town near the pass, and named after it. Most of the occasions of disturbance in the world are grammatical ones; our suits only spring from disputes as to the interpretation of laws; and most wars proceed from the inability of ministers clearly to express the conventions and treaties of amity of princes. The Prince of Baden and the Elector of Saxony were at strife for the command of the army of the Rhine. On the morning of January 29, 1912, Herr Ballin had himself announced to me at the palace in Berlin and asked for an audience.
“Please step into the gallery, your excellency,” said the major-domo. Longstreet was at this time—middle of the afternoon—at Gordonsville, twenty or more miles away. He was too sensible, that a single town could not resist the persevering efforts of a great army; and he dreaded, lest the enemy, tired with the obstinate resistance of Aquileia, should on a sudden relinquish the fruitless siege, and march directly towards Rome. During that day, the 11th, Sheridan moved into Trevilian Station, and the following day proceeded to tear up the road east and west. In the name of Amen the kings went to battle; they were fully dependent on his instructions and oracles; they carefully observed the laws on outer cleanliness and on the food forbidden by religion.
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