RE: [civilwarwest] US Grant vs John Barleycorn
- 1) Grant suffered from malaria most of his life. He
was probably exposed in childhood (several bouts with
"ague" before West Point). The symptoms can look like
intoxication, affectig the balance. Moreover, it can
be painful in the heavy joints. Brooks Simpson
discusses this at some length in his biography.
2) Grant never weighed more than 140 pounds.
3) The only analgesic generally available in the 19th
Century was alcohol.
Add it up. He was often a very sick fella, and to
relieve the pain he took a drink from time to time.
It didn't take a lot to make him appear and smell
Over the years it just became a nasty rumor that he
was a drunkard. It became convenient during the war
to "report" drunkeness if you wanted to make him look bad.
John D. Beatty, Milwaukee Wisconsin
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- In a message dated 6/1/2004 7:35:48 AM Eastern Daylight Time, jdbeatty.geo@... writes:
discusses this at some length in his biography.I miss Brooks. Could it be possible that we beg him to rejoin our forum.JEJ
- He is available in other forus.
Frankly, his discourse in most of them does not serve him well...
--- In email@example.com, GnrlJEJohnston@a... wrote:
> In a message dated 6/1/2004 7:35:48 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
> jdbeatty.geo@y... writes:
> Brooks Simpson
> discusses this at some length in his biography.
> I miss Brooks. Could it be possible that we beg him to rejoin our