- Grant's character. -- his intellectual ability proved. -- insight into the character of others. -- wise selection of agents. -- tenacity of purpose. -- firmness. -- obedience to law. -- respect for the will of the people. -- Qualifications for high positions. -- generosity to his subordinates. -- reticence. -- a inquisitive visitor alarmed. -- Judicious silence at Washington. -- no speech-maker. -- the advantage of his reticence. -- not repulsive or inaccessible. -- republican simplicity. -- no taste for display or etiquette. -- two weaknesses: smoking, and driving horses. -- an inveterate smoker. -- a Yankee habit. -- horses and fast driving. -- a false Accusation, -- an invention of enemies. -- his features and appearance. -- conclusion.
The leading traits of General Grant's character have been indicated in the foregoing sketch of his career, but it may be well to group together some of the characteristics and habits which go to make up the man who now holds so prominent a position before the American people. His intellectual ability, which early in the war was not appreciated nor even admitted among those who measured such ability by scholarship or brilliant success in some civil pursuit, has been fully proved. It only required the opportunities of war to develop itself, so that it should tower above his modesty, his undemonstrative manner, and retiring habits. After his successful campaigns, planned and executed with so much of skill and persistency; after Vicksburg, and