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Ulysses S. Grant
The academics at West Point would barely have batted an eyelid at the graduation of Ulysses S. Grant in 1843 and would have called you stark raving mad if you suggested this was the future commanding general of the U.S. army. Little did they know about the true soldier inside Grant and sometimes it takes the theatre of war for the real leaders to stand up and be counted. The only remarkable thing West Point ever gave Grant was his newly adopted name Ulysses S. Grant and that was an administrative error he kept with him for the remainder of his life. He first saw action in the American Mexican war and straight away he was receiving commendations for both bravery and tactical awareness in the heat of battle and quickly achieved promotion to Captain. Although he carried out his duties professionally he was deeply opposed to the rationale behind what he called an unjust war and was later to state that the American Civil War was the karma for the U.S. transgressions in Mexico. He was also opposed to slavery and being a civilian by the time the civil war broke out he quickly reenlisted and it was a decision that helped shape the course of the war. Under his command the Union army won their first big battle of the war after taking Fort Donelson on the Cumberland river and capturing 12,000 enemy troops in an unconditional surrender. This was with a volunteer army and against the orders of his military commander who ordered him not to engage and subsequently complained to Washington about his actions. President Lincoln cared only about the result and Grant was someone who he recognised 'could get the job done' so against the professional military advice he promoted him to major general of volunteers while the free press of the north lauded Grant as a Union hero. Battle after battle Grant won and despite begrudging resonance from the army hierarchy he was again promoted by Lincoln to major general in the professional army. By March 1864 Lincoln was again rewarding Grant with another promotion this time to Lieutenant general commanding all Union armies and answerable only to Lincoln himself. The next stage of the war proved bloody and gruesome with both sides suffering heavy losses which the confederates could ill afford as replacements were not easy to come by. Grant wore down the confederates and their eventual surrender was inevitable. Grants war efforts gained him the respect of a nation and he was to become a two term president of the United States of America. He was an honourable man who was more soldier than politician and a dignified leader of men who sometimes spoke bluntly but never with ill intent, so here is my compilation of 15 of the best Ulysses S. Grant quotes.
  • Mini Bio
  • Name: Hiram Ulysses Grant
  • Born: 27th April 1822, Point Pleasant, Ohio, U.S.
  • Died: 23rd July 1885, Wilton, New York, U.S.
  • Nickname: U.S. Grant (Unconditional Surrender Grant)
  • Occupation: 6th Commanding General of the United States Army and 18th U.S. President
  • Famous for: His bravery and relentless pursuit of the enemy during the American civil war allied with his strategic brilliance in pivotal battles
  • Trivia: He died a few days after completing his memoirs and he commissioned his friend Mark Twain to publish them on his behalf

"Labour disgraces no man; unfortunately, you occasionally find men who disgrace labour"

Ulysses S. Grant

"There had to be an end of slavery. Then we were fighting an enemy with whom we could not make a peace. We had to destroy him. No convention, no treaty was possible. Only destruction"

Ulysses S. Grant

"In every battle there comes a time when both sides consider themselves beaten, then he who continues the attack wins"

Ulysses S. Grant

"The most confident critics are generally those who know the least about the matter criticized"

Ulysses S. Grant

"Cheap cigars come in handy; They stifle the odor of cheap politicians"

Ulysses S. Grant

"Although a soldier by profession, I have never felt any sort of fondness for war, and I have never advocated it, except as a means of peace"

Ulysses S. Grant

"Wars produce many stories of fiction, some of which are told until they are believed to be true"

Ulysses S. Grant

"My failures have been errors in judgment, not of intent"

Ulysses S. Grant

"God gave us Lincoln and Liberty, let us fight for both"

Ulysses S. Grant

"The war is over - the rebels are our countrymen again"

Ulysses S. Grant

"The present difficulty, in bringing all parts of the United States to a happy unity and love of country grows out of the prejudice to color. The prejudice is a senseless one, but it exists"

Ulysses S. Grant

"I don't know why black skin may not cover a true heart as well as a white one"

Ulysses S. Grant

"If it is necessary that slavery should fall that the Republic may continue its existence, let slavery go"

Ulysses S. Grant

"Treat the negro as a citizen and a voter, as he is and must remain"

Ulysses S. Grant

"No terms except an unconditional and immediate surrender can be accepted"

Ulysses S. Grant





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