Gen. Ulysses S. Grant
“I intend to fight it out on this line if it takes all summer.”Gen. Ulysses S. Grant
It was Grant whom the public expected as the guest of honor on April 14, 1865 at Ford’s Theatre, but his natural avoidance of the limelight and personal tensions between his wife and Mrs. Lincoln led them to arrange a trip out of the city. The conductor of the Ford’s orchestra reluctantly postponed the advertised premiere of a new piece written to honor Grant, and the Lincolns spent their last hours together seated with a young couple hastily recruited to fill in.
His two controversial terms as president in a scandal-riddled administration damaged his post-war reputation, but his upright conduct in the face of bankruptcy and public humiliation won back the public’s esteem. By the time he died from a painful form of cancer while completing his now-classic memoirs, he was once again the most famous and admired man in his country. More than one-and-a-half million attended his New York funeral, and tens of thousands lined the streets of New York as the funeral hearse carried him to his final resting place overlooking the Hudson River.
“The art of war is simple enough. Find out where your enemy is. Get at him as soon as you can. Strike him as hard as you can, and keep moving on.”