I see where today is the anniversary of the birth of Ulysses S. Grant in 1822.

Every now and again I like to read Grant’s Memoirs (which he wrote while dying at the urging of Sam Clemens), together with Bruce Catton’s Grant Takes Command and Grant Moves South.   And I must say that there is much about Grant that I find admirable – not only in his tenacity on the battlefield, but also in his personal modesty, plain-spokenness and honorable character.  (The corruption that marred his two presidential terms occurred among his political appointees.  While Grant’s judgment might be questioned, there is no evidence that I’ve ever seen of his taking a piece of the action himself.)