I really hope that there is a great feature film about U.S. Grant. For reasons why there may not be, check out Cynic's post from earlier this week. Anyway, I copped Shelby Foote's The Civil War on Audio, as I just can't imagine getting through the book any time soon. This is a story in and of itself, but I just got to the part where Grant is fighting at the Battle of Belmont. At the end of the narrative I just said to Kenyatta, "This dude is a superhero." I mean he really is.
The captain of the boat that had just pushed out recognized me and ordered the engineer not to start the engine: he then had a plank run out for me. My horse seemed to take in the situation. He put his fore feet over the bank without hesitation or urging, and, with his hind feet well under him, slid down the bank and trotted on board.