the events related in the following life of General Grant
have been derived from authentic sources; and it has been the writer's aim to give a plain and truthful narrative,--like the subject him-self,--without resorting to invention, high coloring, or rhetorical exaggeration, to add to the interest which attaches to one who occupies so eminent a position.
It has also been the writer's purpose, avoiding minute details, controversy, and lengthy extracts from official reports, to offer a sufficiently brief and a popular life of Grant
, to meet the wants of numerous readers throughout the country who do not desire the larger and more costly works.
To the American
people, who during the war were loyal to the Union
, and since the war have