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Much has been made over the years about Grant`s propensity for alcohol. Separating fact from fiction is difficult, if not impossible. However, most historians would agree on the following:


A Grant biographer described his drinking as an appetite, not an addiction.

It is reported that when someone told Lincoln that he should sack Grant due to his drinking, Lincoln replied that if he knew what brand of whiskey Grant was drinking, he`d order a barrel of it sent to all his other generals.

We should consider ourselves fortunate that modern medicine has paved the way for the development of alcohol rehabilitation programs that could have helped many of our ancestors with drinking problems had they existed back then.

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