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Jan192011

Company Commander Kopasz

I have heard in the old army an anecdote very characteristic of [Confederate General Braxton] Bragg. On one occasion, when stationed at post of several companies commanded by a field officer, he was himself commanding one of the companies and at the same time acting as post quartermaster and commissary. He was first lieutenant at the time, but his captain was detached on other duty. As commander of the company he made a requisition to the quartermaster— himself— for something he wanted. As quartermaster he declined to fill the requisition, and endorsed on the back of it his reasons for so doing. As company commander he responded to this, urging that his requisition called for nothing but what he was entitled to, and that was the duty if the quartermaster to fill it. As quartermaster he still persisted that he was right. In this condition of affairs Bragg referred the matter to the commanding officer of the post. The latter, when he saw the nature of the matter referred, exclaimed "My god, Mr. Bragg, you have quarreled with every officer in the army, and now you are quarreling with yourself!" 

— from PERSONAL MEMOIRS of U.S. Grant (1885)

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