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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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