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,—one of the highest honors paid to any soldier after the war, whether a graduate of West Point or from the Volunteers.
The relations of the United States with Mexico, I have already shown, were always a matter of keen interest to Grant; and when he entered upon his Presidential functions he hoped to negotiate a cession of territory from the sister Republic.
With a view to accomplishing this design, the mission to Mexico was tendered to Sickles through the State Department in the first month of Grant's Administration.
It is within my personal knowledge that Grant particularly desired that Sickles should accept the post, for he had a high idea of his eliberate consultation, in which Sickles was included, it was decided that no effort should be made at that time for an extension of territory in the direction of Mexico.
The independence of Cuba and Porto Rico and the emancipation of the slaves in the Antilles, both Sickles and Rawlins held, were worthier objects of Grant's fore