Quotes of Ulysses S. Grant
except unconditional and immediate surrender, can be accepted. I propose
to move immediately on your works. I am very respectfully, your obedient
servant, U. S. GRANT," Grant's Response to Rebel General
Buckner's request for an armistice, at the Battle of Fort Donelson,
February 16, 1862. This terse response from the relatively unknown
Union General led to U. S. Grant obtaining the now infamous nickname
"Unconditional Surrender" Grant.
"Let Us Have
Peace" . . . May 28, 1868, Grants Concluding
Statement in his Letter to the Republican National Convention
" I know no
method to secure the repeal of bad or obnoxious laws so effective as
their stringent execution." March 4, 1869, Grant's First
General Ulysses Grant
of the States had revolted against the government; and, of those
remaining faithful to the Union, a large percentage of the population
sympathized with the rebellion and made an "enemy in the rear," almost
as dangerous as the more honorable enemy in the front." .
. . December 5, 1876, Grant's Last Message to Congress as President
determination to do is worth more than divided counsels upon the method
of doing." . . . March 4, 1869, Grant's First
I know only two tunes: one of them is "Yankee
Doodle," and the other isn't.
from Shelby Foote's "The Civil War"