James Ford Rhodes (18481927). History of the Civil War, 18611865 1917.
murmuring voice; few grudged him his success. His modest and unaffected bearing commanded respect for his character as his great deeds had won admiration for his military genius. It is striking to contrast this almost universal applause of Grant with the abuse of Lincoln by the Democrats, the sharp criticism of him by some of the radical Republicans and by others the damning him with faint praise.
Grant had the charm of simplicity of character and in common with Lincoln felt that he was one of the plain people and wished to keep in touch with them. But this merit in him was carried to excess. Too often was he unwilling to keep himself to himselftoo often ready to lend his time in undesirable quarterstoo often lacking the dignity and reserve reasonably to be expected of the commander of those half million soldiers to whom the nation looked for its salvation. Shortly before he began his May campaign, Richard H. Dana saw him in Willards Hotel, Washington, and described him as a short, round-shouldered man in a very tarnished major-generals uniform; nothing marked in his appearancean ordinary scrubby-looking man with a slightly seedy look. Dana expressed his astonishment to see him talking and smoking in the lower entry of Willards, in that crowd, in such timesthe generalissimo of our armies, on whom the destiny of the empire seemed to hang. But he went on, his face looks firm and hard, and his eye is clear and resolute, and he is certainly natural, and clear of all appearance of self-consciousness. Impressed with Grants supremacy and his hold on the country, he broke out, How war, how all great crises, bring us to the one-man power.1