Of all the 1,000 and more generals in this war, few if any emerged from greater obscurity to rise to greater heights than these two men. Each was a mystery in his own way, but they became very close friends without ever truly understanding each other. Grant was a simple man of complex instincts who did one thing, and only one thing, really well, and that was winning a war, but he did it better than anyone else. Sherman, by contrast, was far more intelligent, and perhaps something of an intellectual. Yet he was also erratic, excitable, and needed the steadying influence of Grant, who never faltered and never doubted. Together they were the most invincible team Lincoln had and not unlike the magnificent pairing of Lee and Jackson. Each tended to be careless in his uniform. Grant more often than not appeared in the field in a simple private's blouse, with his insignia of rank sewn on.
Above: U.S. Grant cared little for the formality of dress
U.S. Grant was always known as an excellent horseman, and noted for his conservative dress in the field. The saddle shown here is probably indicative of the man; plain and sturdy, with little ornamentation: a purely functional piece of equipment. Grant memorabilia is scattered over a number of repositories, including the Smithsonian Institution, West Point, Civil War Library and Museum, Philadelphia, Pa, and the Quartermaster Museum, Fort Lee, Va.
1 Wooden, iron-mounted tack box, with hinged lid (shown in the open position) and lock. The box is stenciled at both ends with the name and service of the owner "U. S. Grant U.S.A."
2 Brass-bound Grimsley saddle with hand-tooled, padded leather seat. The stirrups are wooden with tooled leather hoods. The stirrup leathers also appear to have been lightly tooled. This saddle is in the western style, but it was common for officers of both sides to also use the flat English type. In contrast to this fine saddle, the regulation saddle for enlisted men in the U.S. Army was the McClellan pattern saddle, which had been developed by that officer in the 1850s.
3 Leather-mounted heavy fabric girth for Grant s saddle
4 Brass-plated steel bit, double bridle and reins belonging to General Grant. U.S. Army regulations called for a curved bit (as here), but with single reins. Officers', and particularly generals', riding outfits often differed from this and were non-regulation.
Artifacts courtesy o' Joint G Gtilbths Collection I US. Army OuatUtmni _Mosoum Collodion. Fon Lee. Va ? 3. 4_
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