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 and the commander-in-chief of armies many times greater than those of which Washington was the general. He swayed Senates and led the soldiers of the Union—and he stood accused of treason in a court of justice. He saw victory sweep illustrious battle-fields—and he became a captive. He ruled millions—and he was put in chains. He created a nation; he followed its bier; he wrote its epitaph—and he died a disfranchised citizen. But though great in all vicissitudes and trials, he was greatest in that fortune which, lifting him first to the loftiest heights and casting him thence into the depths of disappointment, found him everywhere the erect and constant friend of truth. He conquered himself and forgave his enemies, but bent to no one but God.
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