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Author Name:Motley, John Lothrop
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1889 Excerpt: ...truthfulness of manner and speech struck me greatly.
He was not conscious, he said, of ever having acted from any personal motive during his public service.
We (of the West), he said, were terribly in earnest.
The greatest crisis was the Battle of Shiloh; that he would not lose; he would have fought as long as any men were left to fight with.
If that had been lost the war would have dragged' on for years longer.
The North would have lost its prestige.
Did he enjoy the being followed as he was by the multitude?" It was very painful." This answer is singularly characteristic of the man.
They call on him for speeches which he cannot and will not try to make.
One trait, half physiological, half moral, interested me.
He said he was a good sleeper; commonly slept eight hours.
He could go to sleep under almost any circumstances; could set a battle going, go to sleep as if nothing were happening, and wake up by-and-by, when the action had got along somewhat.
Grant has the look of a plain business man, which he is.
I doubt if we have had any ideal so completely realised as that of the republican soldier in him.
I cannot get over the impression he made on me.
I have got something like it from women sometimes, hardly ever from men--that of entire loss of self-hood in a great aim which made all the common influences which stir up other people as nothing to him.
I don't think you have met Stanton.
I found him a very mild pleasant person to talk with, though he is an ogre to rebels.
and their Northern friends.
Short, with a square head, broad not high, full black beard turning grey; a dark, strong-looking man; he talks in a very gentle tone, protruding his upper lip in rather an odd way.
Nothing could be more amiable than the whole man.
It was pleasant chat mai...
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