Military Anecdote of the Day: Ulysses S. Grant Was No Egomaniac. Quite The Contrary.

by Daniel Russ on October 19, 2012

Ulysses S. Grant


Commander of the Army of the Potomac, Ulysses S. Grant


On his way to a reception in his honor, Ulysses S Grant was caught in a rain shower. He offered the protection of an umbrella to a stranger walking in the same direction. The stranger confided that “Between us, I have always found General Grant to be very much an overrated man.” Grant said, “That is my opinion as well.”


Source: The little Brown Book of Anecdotes. Clifton Fadiman. Little BRown Books. 1985.


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Richard Billies October 15, 2013 at 6:14 am

General Grant was the right man at the right time for the job at hand. He may have been a failure in everything else but at warmaking he was superb. One of the best that this country ever produced. As General-in-Chief he created the strategy that won the war: forget Richmond and destroy Robert E. Lee’s army.

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