described by Hon.
E. B, Washburne
, of Illinois
, a friend who had come to know him well and to fully appreciate him, and who, in a speech in Congress,. said, “No man, with his consent, has ever mentioned Grant
's name in connection with any position.
I say what I know to be true, when I allege that every promotion he has received since he first entered the service to put down this rebellion, was moved without his knowledge or consent.
And in regard to this very matter of lieutenant general, after the bill was introduced and his name mentioned in connection therewith, he wrote to me, and admonished me that he had been highly honored by the government, and did not ask or deserve anything more in the shape of honors or promotion; and that a success over the enemy was what he craved above anything else.”
On the 3d of March he was summoned to Washington
; and though he obeyed the order with alacrity, as he did all orders from the government, it was without ostentation or exultation, but with a just sense of the heavy responsibilities which were about to be imposed upon him. His modesty and his justice to the merits of his subordinates are illustrated by a friendly letter, which he wrote at this time to Sherman
, in which he acknowledged, with perhaps too little credit to himself, how much of his success was due to the energy and skill of his subordinates, and especially to those distinguished officers.
The cordial relations and friendship which existed between Grant
and his able lieutenants was remarkable.
They not only felt no jealousy, but they heartily rejoiced at his promotion.
Nor was this feeling confined to the officers who had