Ulysses S. Grant quote about speed from Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant - I felt that 15,000 men on the 8th would be more effective than 50,000 a month later.
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I felt that 15,000 men on the 8th would be more effective than 50,000 a month later.
 Ulysses S. Grant, Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant (1885). copy citation

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“He informed Buell on the 7th that I would march against Fort Donelson the next day; but on the 10th he directed me to fortify Fort Henry strongly, particularly to the land side, saying that he forwarded me intrenching tools for that purpose. I received this dispatch in front of Fort Donelson.
I was very impatient to get to Fort Donelson because I knew the importance of the place to the enemy and supposed he would reinforce it rapidly. I felt that 15,000 men on the 8th would be more effective than 50,000 a month later. I asked Flag-officer Foote, therefore, to order his gunboats still about Cairo to proceed up the Cumberland River and not to wait for those gone to Eastport and Florence; but the others got back in time and we started on the 12th.” source

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