Allow me to take a moment to thank Grant for this second star you see on my lapel, my promotion to Major General. When a letter went out recommending a few other officers for promotion Grant responded about one individual, “He would scarcely make a respectable hospital nurse if put in petticoats, and certain is unfit for any other military position. He has always been a dead weight to carry, more burdensome with his increased rank.” Grant then went on to say, “There are here worthy men to promote who not only would fill their positions with credit. There is not a more patriotic soldier, braver man, or one more deserving of promotion in this department than General Logan.” And with that recommendation I became a Major General.


14. Great Union Speech