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As a conqueror, he was one of the greatest and most magnanimous that the world has known. As a man, he was the kind that the world loves to remember and talk about—

Loyal to his friends,

Forgiving to his foes,

Calm in the face of danger,

Firm in the hour of decision,

Modest and unassuming in his daily life,

Loving and tender in his home,

A Leader When He Led,

a hero when called upon to face either danger, disaster or death. And as time goes on, while the words

Honor, Duty, Courage, Faith, Simplicity,

mean anything, so long will the world reverence and uplift the name and fame of Ulysses S. Grant.

Eldridge S. Brooks.



I Join with you in honoring the life and career of that great soldier and high-minded citizen, whose fame is now a matter of pride to all our countrymen.

Terrible tho the destruction of the Civil War was, awful tho it was that such a conflict should occur between brothers, it is yet a matter for gratitude on the part of all Americans that this, alone among contests of like magnitude, should have left to both sides as a priceless heritage the memory of the mighty men and the glorious deeds that the iron days brought forth. The courage and steadfast endurance, the lofty fealty to the right as it was given to each man to see the right, whether he wore the gray or whether he wore the blue, now make the memories of the valiant feats, alike of those who served under Grant and of those who served under Lee, precious to all good Americans. General Lee has left us the memory, not merely of his extraordinary skill as a general, his dauntless courage and high leadership in campaign and battle, but also of that serene greatness of soul characteristic »f those who most readily recognize the obligations of civic duty. Once the war was over, he instantly undertook the task »f healing and binding up the wounds of his countrymen, in the true spirit of those who feel malice toward none and charity toward all; in that spirit which from the throes of the Civil War brought forth the real and indissoluble Union of to-day.


His birth was not heralded by pomp and ceremony. The entire world mourned at his bier.

He loved liberty, and so loved it that he wished that all men might be free.

He loved the American flag, and so loved it that he wished that no stain should rest upon it, and that all the children of men might stand upright in the enjoyment of the priceless jewel of freedom.

He comprehended within the ample scope of his purpose freedom to all, irrespective of race and condition.

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