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[59] that town), petulantly complained to Washington. It was set right in nine days; but Halleck was afraid to let Grant know the hand he had in it. Grant never vouchsafed a syllable to the world's injurious assaults upon him at this hour or at any other of his life. But in a letter to Washburne he gives us a glimpse into his silent soul. “There are some things which I wish to say to you in my own vindication, not that I care a straw for what is said individually, but because you have taken so much interest in my welfare.” And one evening during the nine days humiliation, a sword was presented to him by some officers. After their speech and departure, he stood looking at the gift in silence where it lay before him on the table of the gunboat cabin. Suddenly pushing it from him, he exclaimed, “I shall never wear a sword again!” and turned away. Only one or two witnessed this breaking of the

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