tactician, the persistent and confident commander, the country is indebted for that signal success which was the forerunner of other victories, and one of the severest blows to the rebel Confederacy.
The country recognized its obligations, and everywhere among the gallant soldiers and the loyal people the name of Grant
was hailed with grateful joy. President Lincoln
promptly sent him a telegram, in which he said, “I wish to tender you, and all under your command, my more than thanks, my profoundest gratitude, for the skill, courage, and perseverance with which you and they, over so great difficulties, have effected that important object.
God bless you all.”
Congress unanimously voted a resolution of thanks, and ordered a gold medal, commemorating the victory, to be presented to Grant
by the President
, “in the name of the people of the United States of America
But amid all the praise and admiration with which he was everywhere received by citizens and soldiers, and all the honors awarded by the government, he was never elated, and he assumed no superiority, but was always the same simple, honest, and unpretending man that he had been before he became the ablest and most successful general of his time,--a genuine republican soldier.