most people is to clothe a commander of a large army, whom they do not know, with almost superhuman abilities.
A large part of the National Army
, for instance, and most of the press of the country, clothed General Lee
with just such qualities; but I had known him personally, and knew that he was mortal, and it was just as well that I felt this.”
At this early time, however, Grant
thought the war would be of short duration; and Lee
was a long way from his presentiments.
On August 7, 1861, while still in south-eastern Missouri
, he was made brigadier-general, to his own great surprise.
Of his methods of discipline soon after this appointment a singular story is told.
The command was marching, and food was scarce.
A lieutenant with an advance-guard reached a farm-house, and, upon informing its mistress that he was General Grant
and was hungry, received a precipitate and copious meal,