lives to open the Mississippi
for their benefit cannot be imposed upon with impunity.”
A commander so true to his men, and at the same time so able and successful as a general, could not but inspire them with respect, love, and confidence.
He made no attempt to render himself popular, and never resorted to any clap-trap or pretence; but in everything he did for his soldiers, as in everything he did for his country, he was in downright earnest, and they knew it. For this they will always love him, as for the victories to which he led them they will always honor him.