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[46] punished for personating his commander. This method, however, achieved its purpose thoroughly. On the other hand, it may be doubted if General Lee would have chosen it. There is great difference between native refinement, which Grant had, and good taste, which he had not.

Insubordination, however, whether in men or officers, was neither the only nor the chief trouble which met the new brigadier-general. It was something, moreover, with which he could cope so well that he was steadily gaining, not only the obedience, but the regard of his command. Another thing there was against which he was quite powerless. His wary quartermasterly eye watched a ring of contractors in St. Louis too closely for their convenience. They could do what they liked with the futile Fremont, now in command of the department; but Grant spoiled their plans, and they accordingly revived the story of his drinking. By order of his

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