This short book is derived from long ones; from pamphlets, speeches, essays, and newspapers; from certain pages of the official records; and from a few personal memories kindly given by friends of General Grant to the writer.
These latter change nothing in the features, but serve to touch up the likeness, of the established portrait.
Grant is a large figure to pack in a small box: the task has been one of omission.
Those authors to whom the writer is most grateful are Richardson, Fiske, Coppee, Porter, Humphreys, Sherman, Sheridan, Newhall, Rhodes, and Badeau ( “Grant in Peace” ). The writer will think that he has made his own contribution to the subject if he shall have tempted any reader to become more thoroughly acquainted with it.
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