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[108] inwardly. 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. Butler 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 forever. Presently Sherman's and Sheridan's successes clinched Lincoln's election. Next Butler showed incompetence again. Then Grant 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, Grant had thought him worthy

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