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I shall never wear a sword again! and turned away. Only one or two witnessed this breaking of the real man from the depths of his grief. And generally he managed to keep a face like stone; but, upon the occasion when he learned of his friend McPherson's death, he went into his tent, and wept like a child. At this time he walked in intimate silence with C. F. Smith, his West Point commandant, and his temporary superior now; and those who saw them say that Grant's manner to Smith was somethside was. When in a few months Grant was appointed full lieutenant general, under special act of Congress (he was the first since Washington, Winfield Scott being only brevet), he wrote to Sherman: What I want is to express my thanks to you and McPherson as the men to whom above all others I feel indebted for whatever I have had of success. How far your execution of whatever has been given you to do entitles you to the reward I am receiving, you cannot know as well as I do. And Sherman answer