Grant Quote-Additional Information
Posted below is additional information on the Grant quote. It was furnished to me by Ga. SCV division brigade commander Neil Dickey with permission to repost and distribute.
James W. King
Commander SCV Camp 141
Lt. Col. Thomas M. Nelson
After seeing not only the source of this quote but also the timing, I believe this is one we may be able to put some trust in.The Democratic Speaker’s handbook was published in Cincinnati in 1868. the author, Augustus R. Cazauran (1820-1889), was born in France. He was a playwrite and writer. He came to New york in 1848. He was a journalist, at different times, for; the New York Herald, Cincinnati Enquirer, and Washington Chronicle. In 1863 he enlisted in the Union Army. He was captured as a spy and held at Castle Thuder in Richmond until exchanged. After the war he continued writing in Cincinnati and New York.
The full context of the quote is: The editor of the Randolf Citizen recalls some interesting reminiscences of the great Reticent.He had a tongue at one time, it would seem: In the summer of 1861 General Grant,then colonel of the Twenty-first Illinois Regiment of Infantry, was stationed at Mexico, on the North Missouri Railroad, and he had command of the post. He remained several months, mingling freely with the people, regardless of the peculiar shade of anyone’s political opinions; and as the distinguished Colonel had then no thought of aspiring to the Presidency or a dictatorship., no occasion existed for the reticence to which latterly he owes the greater part of his popularity. Ulysses the Silent was then Ulysses the Garrulous, and embraced every fair opportunity which came in his way to express his sentiments and opinions in regard to poilitical affairs. One of theses declarations we distinctly remember. In a public conversation in Ringo’s banking-house a sterling Union man put this question to him; "What do you honestly think was the real object of this war on the part of the Federal Government?" "Sir,’ said Grant, "I have no doubt in the world that the sole object is the restoration of the Union. I will say further, though, that i am a Democrat-every man in my regiment is a Democrat- and when ever I shall be convinced that this war has as its object anything else than what I have mentioned, or that the Government designs using its soldiers to execute the purposes of the abolitionists, I pledge you my honor as a man and a soldier that I will not only resign my commission, but will carry my sword to the other side, and cast my lot with that people."
As In said, I think we may be able to trust this , but, like all third person quotes , there is always doubts. I would like to know more about the editor and newspaper mentioned.