for he was a man of unusual domesticity, and tenacity of friendship not always distinguished by perspicacity in discerning character.
to the sincere but unobtrusive piety of his mother, Grant
owed a reverence for religion which he displayed throughout life and which supported him during that last desperate struggle with death, ending at Mount MacGREGORregor, New York, on July 23, 1885.
his belief in the invisible powers was the hidden current of the great soldier's life.
It explains alike his calmness in victory and his unfaltering courage in defeat.
There was no shock of battle so fierce, no episode of the combat so exciting that could disturb his impassible demeanor.
‘I have had many hard experiences in my life,’ he once said to the writer, when chatting in front of his camp-fire at Petersburg
, ‘but I never saw the moment when I was not confident that I should win in the end.’
if he was not blinded by a sense of his individual importance, there was no lack of self-confidence in Grant
He had a just estimate of his own abilities and a correct understanding, as a soldier, of the work for which his abilities and experiences had fitted him. If he did not possess what is usually regarded as the temperament of the soldier, there was no lack of the training or experience of the soldier.
If not a brilliant student, according to the standards of West Point
, he made a faithful use of the opportunity which that institution gave him for a military training.
In his class-standing he held a middle place with others of the graduates most distinguished in our Civil War; a relatively higher place than Jefferson Davis
, James Longstreet
, William J. Hardee
, and others of the South
; and than Sheridan
, and other leaders of the Northern
no soldier of like rank was more distinguished in the War
, then a lieutenant.
It is no small achievement for a subaltern to be brought into the lime-light