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A general who can write quickly and clearly is a wonderful thing to have

General Meade’s chief of staff, Maj. Gen. A.A. Humphreys, once said that, “There is one striking thing about Grant’s orders: no matter how hurriedly he may write them on the field, no on ever had the slightest doubt as to their meaning, or ever had to read them over a second time to understand them.”

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General Meade’s chief of staff, Maj. Gen. A.A. Humphreys, once said that, “There is one striking thing about Grant’s orders: no matter how hurriedly he may write them on the field, no one ever had the slightest doubt as to their meaning, or ever had to read them over a second time to understand them.”

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons/Mathew Brady or Levin Handy/Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, Brady-Handy Photograph Collection

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. @tomricks1

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