the greatest cavalry soldier of his time.
His knowledge of roads and country was wonderful.
He knew how to care for his men and horses.
His own wants were few; his habits simple; he was energetic and enduring; he deferred everything to his military duty; he craved glory beyond everything-high glory; there was no stain of vain glory about anything he ever did or said.
As the bravest are ever the greatest, so was he simple and kind, and gentle as a child.
I remember one evening on our ride across Arkansas
, we stopped at the hospitable house of an old gentlemen (Dr. Williams
) about one day's march this side of Van Buren
We were sitting on the portico --Van Dorn
and I-when a little child came out to us; he called her to him, and soon had her confidence, and as she told him, in her child-like way, that she was an orphan, and spoke of her mother, lately dead, his eyes filled with tears, and I noticed that he slipped into her hand the only piece of gold he owned, and asked her to get with it something to remember him by.
The pre-eminent quality of his military nature was that he was unconquerable.
Whether defeated or victorious, he always controlled his resources.
said of De Soix, he was all for war and glory; and he had a just idea of glory.
There was no self-seeking in him, and he would die for duty at any moment.
His personal traits were very charming.
His person was very handsome; his manners frank and simple; with his friends he was genial, and sometimes convivial; but never did I know him to postpone his duty for pleasure, or to pursue conviviality to a degree unbecoming a gentleman.
Take him for all in all, he was the most gallant soldier I have ever known.