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GRANT, Ulysses Simpson [1826-1902] -- American 18° POTUS, Commander-in-chief of Union forces

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né GRANT, Hiram Ulysses
Commander-in-chief of Union forces (1864)
General of the Army (1866)
18° POTUS (1869-1877)
a/k/a
The Hero of Appomattox
United States, POTUS 18

"Although hailing from Illinois myself, the State of the President, I never met Mr. Lincoln until called to the capital to receive my commission as lieutenant-general. I knew him, however, very well and favorably from the accounts given by officers under me at the West who had known him all their lives. I had also read the remarkable series of debates between Lincoln and Douglas a few years before, when they were rival candidates for the United States Senate. I was then a resident of Missouri, and by no means a "Lincoln man" in that contest; but I recognized then his great ability.

"In my first interview with Mr. Lincoln alone he stated to me that he had never professed to be a military man or to know how campaigns should be conducted, and never wanted to interfere in them: but that procrastination on the part of commanders, and the pressure from the people at the North and Congress, which was always with him, forced him into issuing his series of "Military Orders"-One, two, three, etc. He did not know but they were all wrong, and did know that some of them were. All he wanted or had ever wanted was some one who would take the responsibility and act, and call on him for all the assistance needed, pledging himself to use all the power of the government in rendering such assistance. Assuring him that I would do the best I could with the means at hand, and avoid as far as possible annoying him or the War Department, our first interview ended." ["Memoirs", GRANT, U. S., 1885, 1952: E.B. Long edition. http://home.nycap.rr.com/history/grant.html]

Mr Grant's memoirs were completed just a few days before his death on July 23, 1885, and are considered one of the great examples of American Literature.  -30-
 

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1864
Commander-in-chief of Union forces
1866
General of the Army
1869-1877
18° POTUS

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