Myth: During the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln once said about Ulysses S. Grant's drinking: "If I
knew what brand he used, I'd send every general a barrel".
Fact: Actually this comment was made up by Charles Halpine for a fictional
story. Lincoln himself denied saying it and besides, Grant's drinking didn't need defending. Although he did drink
a lot when he was unemployed in Illinois, after he joined the Army, he was never drunk.
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