Ulysses S. Grant Quotes
No other terms than unconditional and immediate surrender. I propose to move immediately upon your works.
To General Simon Bolivar Buckner at Fort Donelson, February 16, 1862.
The war is over, the Rebels are our countrymen again, and the best sign of rejoicing after the victory will be to abstain from all demonstrations in the field.
Telling his troops to stop firing their weapons in victory celebrations at the site of Confederate Surrender at Appomattox (April 9, 1865).
Although a soldier by profession, I have never felt any sort of fondness for war, and I have never advocated it, except as a means of peace.
Speech in London.
Everyone has his superstitions. One of mine has always been when I started to go anywhere, or to do anything, never to turn back or to stop until the thing intended was accomplished.
I propose to fight it out on this line if it takes all summer.
Note sent with Congressman Washburne from Spotsylvania, May 11, 1864, to General Halleck.
Leave nothing to invite the enemy to return.... Let the valley be left so that crows flying over it will have to carry their rations long with them.
Instructions for Gen. Philip Sheridan for his invasion of the Shenandoah Valley in northwestern Virginia (1864).
Let all the men who claim to own a horse or mule [with the Confederate Army] take the animals home with them to work their little farms.
Grant to Lee during Confederate Surrender ceremony at Appomattox (1865).
I don't underrate the value of military knowledge, but if men make war in slavish obedience to rules, they will fail.
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.
The present difficulty, in bringing all parts of the United States to a happy unity and love of country grows out of the prejudice to color. The prejudice is a senseless one, but it exists.
Though I have been trained as a soldier, and participated in many battles, there never was a time when, in my opinion, some way could not be found to prevent the drawing of the sword.