The Mentor Volume 8

The Mentor Volume 8

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1920 edition. Excerpt: ...knowing precisely how; but he could, and did, state them, when they were formed, in the most precise and orderly Anglo-Saxon words. His writing, even that of his orders and reports, was delightfully free from pompous phrases. He wrote like LIEUTENANT-GENERAL GRANT It is true that the Presidential office brought out and emphasized his limitations. He knew very few men in civilian life, and none at all of any great power or influence. He had been a soldier all the years of his early manhood, and during the six years of his residence in Missouri and Illinois, he had lived the humble life of a farmer or clerk. It was inevitable, therefore, that he should make chance appointments, and that he should be burdened with the failure of such subordinates; but beyond this, it must be kept in mind, that he was chosen to do a certain job, and the people of the North were insistent that he should stick to that job. Grant's first administration was, naturally and inevitably, filled with the mutter of receding war. Congress was a reconstruction battleground; it was folly to expect the dove of peace to brood over a bloody battlefield. The South sufiered, naturally; it had no valid reason for expecting serenity and prosperity after a struggle of such titanic bitterness as that which had filled four years of the nation's life. It was well that the Southern people had a man at the head of the army, and later in the White House, who was free from the spirit of revenge, --a magnanimous victor. Grant was a just ruler. Now that the cloud of partisan tumult, the welter of unimportant political measures, has disappeared we can see that he was the predestined man for the place. From the day of Lincoln's death till he was elected president the second time...show more

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  • Paperback | 194 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 354g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236951115
  • 9781236951113