Statistics for occurrence #1 of “General Preston” in chapter 42 of Colonel William Preston Johnston, The Life of General Albert Sidney Johnston : His Service in the Armies of the United States, the Republic of Texas, and the Confederate States.:

...onest to pay a man in the enemy's lines in money which had no value to him. After he had written at Tuscumbia, Alabama, his report of the operations of the army from Bowling Green, he read it to General Preston and myself. I was struck with the expression, Success is the test of merit, and objected to its use. He said, Well, critically perhaps it is not correct, but, as the world goes, it is true, and I ...
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