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 blood would have allowed. General Grant wrote on August 18th, 1864: ‘It is hard on our prisoners that we cannot exchange them; but it is humane for the active army. Should we exchange prisoners we must fight the South until the last man falls. Should we exchange prisoners Sherman would be beaten, and our own safety endangered.’ Grant could scarcely have paid a more splendid tribute to the Southern Army. To put the whole odium of this matter of the prisoners on Jefferson Davis is a climax of injustice which condemns itself. His life was a conflict from the cradle to the grave; but he stood in good and evil fortune great and in his deepest humiliation sublime in the strength of his soul. He was as a man and a Christian an example in history. Clarus et vir fortissimus.
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