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  • hank9174
    ... didn t ... the ... I m not much on the 21st century phsycho-analysis of 19th century figures, but Grant s life experience told him that sitting around and
    Message 1 of 74 , May 1, 2003
      --- In civilwarwest@yahoogroups.com, "bjer50010" <bjewell@i...> wrote:
      > I wouldn't be quite so harsh ;-), but you have a point. Grant
      > seem to be a guy to sit around doing nothing. And given some of
      > problems he encountered it would have been easy enough for him to
      > complain.

      I'm not much on the 21st century phsycho-analysis of 19th century
      figures, but Grant's life experience told him that sitting around and
      doing nothing lead to ruin, poverty and, for him, drink.

      Grant's life was a continuous struggle at the bottom of the socio-
      economic pyramid. To him, action was everything and complaining
      gained nothing.

      Others, such as McClellan (and perhaps Rosecrans), had life
      experiences telling them that procrastination was not such a bad
      thing and the squeaky wheel got the grease...

    • Will
      Thanks Dave. Good points to ponder. ~Will ... better
      Message 74 of 74 , May 6, 2003
        Thanks Dave.
        Good points to ponder.
        --- In civilwarwest@yahoogroups.com, Dave Gorski <bigg@m...> wrote:
        > >
        > >Good points. I was thinking that long-term encampments would have
        > >better sanitary and shelter arrangements and the men would be
        > >rested than encampents of men campaigning.
        > Secretary Olmsted of the Sanitary Commission issued a
        > "Circular to the Colonels of the Army," in which he stated
        > that "It is well known that when a considerable body of men
        > have been living together in camp a few weeks a peculiar
        > subtle poison is generated..."
        > Another factor was that many soldiers were from rural areas
        > where they had not had exposure to common illnesses, and had
        > not built up any immunities. Groups in garrison were exposed to
        > and often died of childhood diseases.
        > Often soldiers who were hospitalized for wounds, died of some
        > disease that they had been exposed to while in the hospital,
        > especially typhoid.
        > Yet, another point is that a soldier on the move was likely to
        > have had occasion to have fresh fruits and vegetables than the
        > soldier stuck in camp for weeks on end. A better diet made
        > for a healthier soldier.
        > Regards, Dave Gorski
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