Ulysses S. Grant: Politician

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
CHAPTER PAGE
I. FORTY YEARS OF FAILURE1

Personality--Parentage--Early life--Appointment to West Point-- Life at West Point--Army life--Mexican War--Marriage--Pacific coast--Resignation from army--Seven lean years--Outbreak of war.

II. SUCCESS19

In Springfield--First command--At Cairo--Belmont--Forts Henry and Donelson--Shiloh--Grant and Sherman--Stories of drunkenness --Vicksburg--Chattanooga--Lieutenant General--Wilderness to Petersburg--Meade and Buffer--Appomattox.

III. THE STRATEGY OF PEACE48

Problems of reconstruction--Assassination of Lincoln--Sherman-- Johnson convention--Mexican problem--Lee's parole--Grant and Johnson--Johnson and the Radicals--Grant's triumphal tours-- Southern conventions--Grant's Southern trip--Receptions--Johnson and Congress--Bidding for Grant--General of the army.

IV. AN EAR TO THE GROUND70

Political alignments--"Swing around the circle"--Grant's reticence --Sherman and the Mexican mission--Leans to Radicals--Radical Reconstruction in the South--Sheridan--Stanton's dismissal--Grant in War Department.

V. JOINING THE RADICAL CHURCH89

The Grant movement--Case of Sheridan--Grant in Cabinet--Radicals and bondholders--Cooper Institute nomination--Stanton returns to War office--Johnson-Grant quarrel.

VI. GRANT ACTS, SEYMOUR TALKS, BLAIR BLOWS112

Sherman--Impeachment--Aspirations of Chase and Butler--Soldiers and Sailors convention--Republican convention--Formal notification-Democratic candidates and convention--Campaign of 1868-- Southern atrocities--Election.

VII. RUMORS OF REFORM132

President-elect--Butler and Grant--Cabinet aspirants--Selecting the cabinet--Sale of Washington House--Inauguration.

VIII. THE FIRST CLASH145

Cabinet--Stewart--Army appointments--Tenure of office act--Repeal--Tactical errors.

IX. "POLICY ENOUGH FOR THE PRESENT"157

Public credit act-- Virginia constitution--Concept of office--Cabinet activities--Alabama claims---Motley--Treasury department.

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