Ivan was also unfortunate in having for his chief antagonist Stephen Bathory, one of the greatest captains of the age.
Amongst all the great captains of history Cromwell alone can be compared to him.
The remnant of Jacob springs up in fresh vigour, inspiring terror among the surrounding peoples, and there is no lack of chosen captains to lead them to victory against the Assyrian foe.
The duel of Sherman and Johnston is almost as personal a contest between two great captains as were the campaigns of Turenne and Montecucculi.
But it is in virtue of having fought at all that he passes beyond the criteria of the time and becomes one of the great captains of history.