Former Rebel general returns Grant’s favor

By Bartee Haile
Puzzled as he was by the odd request, President Jefferson Davis gladly gave a Texas general the toughest job in the Confederacy on Dec. 11, 1863. As a member of the West Point class of 1846, Samuel Bell Maxey roomed with Thomas Jonathan Jackson, who went on to become the legendary “Stonewall.” Another close friend at the academy was a hard drinking cadet, who kept his nose buried in novels rather than textbooks, named Ulysses S. Grant. 
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