Ulysses S. Grant Quotes


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Quotes of Ulysses S. Grant

"No terms, 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 Inaugural Address

General Ulysses Grant

General Ulysses Grant

"Nearly one-half 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

"A united determination to do is worth more than divided counsels upon the method of doing."  . . . March 4, 1869, Grant's First Inaugural Address

I know only two tunes: one of them is "Yankee Doodle," and the other isn't. from Shelby Foote's "The Civil War"



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