Quote by U.S. Grant
I have saved many quotes into "My Documents" in my computer over the past 10 years to assist myself in writing Southern & Confederate articles and to provide documentation to others when needed. The source
of the Grant quote posted below is attributed to a letter he wrote to the Chicago Tribune. I also remember the quote being listed in some ?speakers book published after the war but can’t find that reference at this time.
James W. King
Commander SCV Camp 141
The sole object of this war is to restore the Union. Should I become convinced it has any other object, or that the Government designs its soldiers to execute the wishes of the Abolitionists, I pledge you my honor as a man and a soldier I would resign my commission and carry my sword to the other side."
— Union General Ulysses S. Grant, in a letter to the Chicago Tribune, 1862
The statement posted below from one of the Ga. Division SCV members states that the Grant quote is not accepted as reliable by historians or scholars.
The alleged quote was made to a reporter from the Chicago Tribune; it was never published, there is no record of it in the Tribune’s archives and the reporter never could produce his notes. The story surfaced in a Southern history published around the turn of the century, without documentation, and has never been accepted as reliable by any reputable scholar or historian.