relate what he had seen, to tell of his campaigns, to describe the character of his comrades and subordinates.
Before the war he had met most of the men who were now prominent, rebels as well as national officers; either in the old army, or at West Point as cadets; and the knowledge of their character he thus obtained was extremely useful to him at this time.
He often said of those opposed to him: I know exactly what that general will do; I am glad such an one is in my front; I would rather fi the general--in chief—save when he asked for a light for his cigar.
Politics at home were often discussed, and unless strangers or foreigners were present, with great freedom.
Gossip about men whom most of us had known came in, and tales of West Point life were common.
But though familiar, the talk was by no means vulgar: no coarse language was ever used in the presence of the general-in-chief, the most modest man in conversation in the army.
A profane word never passed his lips, and if by