While doing some research on President Grant yesterday, I came across this quote from Modern Drunkard Magazine:
And Ulysses S. Grant helped preserve our young nation’s very existence by vanquishing the Confederacy while drinking enough whiskey to flood the Potomac.
I knew that Grant had a drinking problem. However, was he really that much of a drunk during the Civil War?
The same magazine also noted this:
A perpetually loaded General Ulysses S. Grant saves the Union from destruction. President Lincoln, when informed that General Grant preferred to guzzle whiskey while leading the troops, replies, "Find out the name of the brand so I can give it to my other generals."
I realize that Modern Drunkard Magazine is not a good source for accurate facts but can anyone recommend any good sources for Grant and his drinking during the Civil War? A quick search at the library here turned up very little.