He carried the Union
on his back; and other generals had failed him, and he had been a disappointment to himself.
He gave in to drink, it seems, at times.
Discovering this, Ben Butler
appears to have blackmailed him. He had requested Butler
's removal for bad conduct at Petersburg
visited him. He backed down.
Not from personal fear.
The Union cause was trembling in politics.
A public tale of drink might remove the general, and split the Union
's and Sheridan
's successes clinched Lincoln
showed incompetence again.
dismissed him. Butler
could have published as much about drink as he pleased.
The Union was safe.
Wound up in this, contemporaneously rather than logically, is General W. F. Smith
's severe fate.
Under first impressions of him received at Chattanooga
had thought him worthy