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My favorite phrase in U.S. military history

“Grant attacked.”



“Grant attacked.”

That kind of says it all. In two words, you get the basic story of how the Civil War was won.

I also like his response to a general who came to him to argue that he had been mishandled: “You talk too much.”

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Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at Twitter: @tomricks1

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