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nright, earnest, honest boy, quiet and unassuming, with indications of reserved power to meet emergencies.
He was no boaster, but he exhibited self-reliance, persistency, and courage which could not but win the respect of his associates.
He was generous and good-natured, but his firmness did not allow him to be imposed upon.
He was not disposed to quarrel or — to fight on his own account, but it is related of him that he once fought and punished a Canadian boy who insulted the memory of Washington.
He was not without ambition, but it was by no means the only motive of his actions, or led him to do more than faithfully and persistently attend to the duty in hand.
He was patriotic, and had a laudable desire to serve his country as a soldier rather than as a politician.
Though exhibiting no special aptitude for military life, except firmness and fidelity to duty, his modesty and reticence saw no attractions in the political field.
One of the traits of his character earliest to be