It is a creditable story to every one except Prentiss
and the contractors; and it reveals Rawlins
in a bright light.
No wonder Grant
let him swear whenever he wanted.
For a little while Grant
was ordered about hither and thither in Missouri
; but there is nothing decisive to record until, soon after being assigned the command of the district of South-east Missouri
, he took up his headquarters at Cairo
on September 4.
Here he stands upon the threshold of his fame.
So unpretending a figure does he make that a first sight of him perplexes and discourages each newcomer.
Twelve weeks ago he had been nothing.
Then he was made a colonel.
Now he was a brigadier-general of volunteers.
One summer had done this; but it had done as much for half a hundred others.
So here was quite a large company with even chances.
But chance and the man are rare comrades.