2 thoughts on “GRANT IN CONFERENCE

  1. Supposedly he always wore shoes rather than boots. Apparently not. And look at the wide variety of headgear – not exactly what you’d call “uniform” is it?

    • General officers traditionally have “uniform privileges” — which is why Custer and Patton could wear the extravagant things they wore in the field, why Jackson wore an enlisted man’s forage cap and Stuart wore a broad-brimmed cavalier’s hat with a plume. Even if Grant preferred to wear shoes in camp, he would have worn high boots if he had any hard riding to do — to prevent chaffing. So in the picture he’s probably just arrived from a long ride or is about to embark on one.

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