CF Smith's thoughts on Grant
- It seemed a lot was made of Smith being Grant's junior and that he was though the much abler officer. Did Smith make any correspondence regarding his thoughts of Grant (being his junior, his ability to command in general)? And if Smith was such a highly thought of officer why did it take him so long to receive a command? It seems to me he was one of the most respected officers in the regular army. I've read he didn't have much in the way of political sponsorship( ala Grant and Washburne) but to me that can't be the only reason.