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comparison of grant and lee Introduction of a Comparison of Ulysses S Grant and Robert E Lee Grant and Lee the titans of the American Civil War Its difficult to compare their merits because prejudice enters into the equation rendering judgments that are tainted with passion The cult of personality that has enveloped Lee frequently obfuscate his more mortal qualities Such veneration Grant experienced in his own lifetime in abundance but his 20th century reputation is not of the caliber of Lees His checkered Presidency and perceived slovenly demeanor have contributed to a lack of appreciation of his soldierly qualities or greatness as a man A curious phenomenon is that the Confederates of the Civil War generation were virtually unanimous in their praise and admiration of Grant Its unfortunate that present day sympathizers of the old South have not followed their forefathers example The writings of Jefferson Davis Lee Longstreet Alexander Stephens John B Gordon and dozens of other Southern leaders reveal unqualified praise for General Grant Robert E Lee specifically spoke in glowing terms about his adversary He was particularly grateful for the generous treatment he had received at Appomattox and that Grant threatened to resign his commission in the Army if Andrew Johnson continued to persecute Lee In May of 1865 Lee spoke openly of his feelings on this issue As to my own fate I know not what is in store for me I believe the politicians in Washington are bent on the most extreme measures and if they have their way will stop at no humiliation they can heap on me My sole reliance is on General Grant I have faith in his honor and his integrity as a soldier and do not believe he
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