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|Yes, quite a guy. The real scandal for him was taking his wife back after the murder trial, that cost him points in the court of public opinion. Quite the lady's man too, supposedly fathered children with Queen Isabella of Spain while he was US counsel there.
As to his qualifications for general he was a pro-war Democrat like Banks and Butler and many others who were rewarded for their loyalty to the Union. They were leaders in political life so how hard could it be, to be a leader on the battlefield .