, and Richmond
; after the skilful direction of movements on the most extended field of war which ever came under the supervision of one man, his intellectual ability cannot be questioned.
Though not of a type to be called into exercise under ordinary circumstances, or rather being accompanied by traits of character which prevented its being called into exercise except under extraordinary pressure, it has proved itself in the most difficult field, and on the most important of occasions; and it has proved itself to be of that quality and character that it can be safely trusted to conduct prudently and successfully the affairs of a great country in time of peace as well as in time of war.
His remarkable insight into the character and capacity of others has been illustrated by his wise choice of subordinates to carry out his plans.
It has been said that he owed his success to his able subordinates, and this idea has been encouraged by his own modesty and generosity towards them; but, in truth, they were more indebted to him than he to them.
It was his sagacity which recognized their merit, and, in more than one instance, called them from obscurity, and gave them the opportunity of distinguishing themselves.
It was his discernment which selected each to take that command, and to perform those deeds, for which he was best adapted.
His most brilliant subordinates, Sherman
, were especially thus indebted to him. Sherman
was looked upon as little better than a lunatic till Grant
gave direction to his abilities, and Sheridan
achieved no distinction till Grant
, seeing his true capacity, made him his cavalry commander, and