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ntry, and earn a wider and more enduring fame than that of brilliant scholars or accomplished engineers. Before the war, and for a long time after it commenced, old army officers and boards of examiners could not comprehend this; and it was vainly imagined that high scholars must make brilliant generals, and that able engineers would crush the rebellion. But stubborn facts and hard experience have shown the folly of such conclusions; and among those stubborn facts are the failure of George B. McClellan, the first scholar, and the signal success of Ulysses S. Grant, who ranked even below the middle of his class. Grant's genial though retiring disposition, and quiet and unassuming manners, gradually made him many friends among the cadets; and when he became known, Uncle Sam was one of the most esteemed of his class, though not so popular, perhaps, as more talkative, rolicking, and demonstrative fellows. At first there were some who were disposed to make fun of the western country
ood service. Desires to take the field. Thinks of a position on McClellan's staff. fortunate escape. appointed colonel. in Missouri. bri, hoping that he might be offered a place on the staff of Major General McClellan, then in command of Ohio troops. General Badeau's Militry History of U. S. Grant. He twice called at the headquarters of McClellan, whom he had known in the army, but did hot see that officer. It Grant would have asked for such an appointment, even had he seen McClellan, for it was not in his nature to solicit office or promotion; anden suggest the idea to any one that he, desired an appointment on McClellan's staff. Had it been offered to him he would have accepted it wiinion of his own abilities. It is fortunate for the country that McClellan did not offer him a staff appointment, for he would then have beenessee to the rear of the rebel positions, though not apparent to McClellan and Halleck, was so impressed upon Grant's mind, that about the e
of bridges and transportation of troops, artillery, and supplies, were worthy of the army which, under the prompt, vigorous, and persistent lead of Grant, had made the brilliant campaign of Vicksburg. Contrast the movements of this army, not only in that arduous campaign under Grant, but in its long and difficult march under Sherman from Memphis to Chattanooga, through swamps, across rivers, over mountains, fighting and skirmishing, with the slow progress of the army of the Potomac under McClellan up the Peninsula, where there were no serious obstacles! But there was a new order of things in the army now, and especially at the west; and Hooker, who had chafed at the delays and want of vigor in the Peninsular campaign, at Chattanooga found a general who gave him all he wanted to do, expected him to surmount stupendous difficulties and fight the enemy at the same time, and who would not pause when the golden moment for decisive action came, and say, This is all that was intended for
usiness. presentation of his commission. President Lincoln's address and Grant's reply. a commission worthily bestowed. grand reviews and military balls in McClellan's time. disapproved by the Lieutenant General. he disappoints the ladies. reviews for Utility, not show. his opinion of the army of the Potomac. customs andnd all sorts of gay festivities. The war had made little difference in this respect, except that the southern aristocracy did not now rule society there. While McClellan commanded, and the army of the Potomac was waiting before Washington, there had been grand reviews, at which the commanding general was attended by a brilliant sof war,--the battle-field, the hospital, the desolated home,--they were ever ready to contribute their part to such agreeable entertainments. The fashion set in McClellan's time had been duly observed when an opportunity offered. The appointment of Grant to a superior rank, and his accession to the command of all the armies, se
army back, farther from Washington, nearer to Richmond. But Lee, also, had made preparations to move; and, having still interior lines, he retired to another and stronger position between the North Anna and South Anna Rivers. Some persons, who were continually talking about strategy, and who were, doubtless, admirers of the strategy of the first campaign against Richmond, imagined Grant was simply an obstinate fighter, and possessed no attribute of a good general. Copperhead admirers of McClellan, such as had before maligned the hero of Donelson and Vicksburg, now called him a butcher who wantonly sacrificed his own men. But such malignant charges originated only with those whose sympathies were not with the Union sacrifices but with the rebel losses, and who hated Grant because he was hammering at the rebellion with the purpose of crushing it, and not parleying with it. Grant's purpose was to drive the rebel army back forever from its threatening position too near to Washington