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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Grant and Sherman

When Sherman told a reporter early in the war that it would take 200,000 men to control Kentucky it was reported that he was crazy. He was out of the war for awhile and many assumed that he was washed up, until Grant, ignoring reports of his insanity, gave him a command.
Grant saw earlier than others how hard the war was going to be and was willing to display the required agressiveness. He was reported (usually wrongly) to be drunk a lot and Lincoln was urged to replace him. Lincoln rejected that advice on the grounds that, "I can't spare him. He fights." At some point an effort was made to enlist Sherman in the anti-Grant campaign. Sherman's response was:

"Grant stood by me when I was 'crazy'
I'll stand by him when he's a 'drunk'."

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