“It is a great annoyance to gain rank and command enough to attract public attention”

Oct 24 1862.  I wrote Gen. Ord, who is recovering from a severe wound received at Corinth, to tell him of Gen. Rosecrans’ promotion.

Gen. Rosecrans is ordered to Cincinnati to receive orders.  I suspect he is going to take Buell’s place.  Have had no intimation of the fact, but Buell’s failure to come up with Bragg, whether his fault or not, will raise such a storm that he will probably have to give way. … It is a great annoyance to gain rank and command enough to attract public attention.  I have found it so and would now really prefer some little command where public attention would not be attracted towards me.

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 6, p 184

The Collector, LXXVII, 7-9

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