Posted by: Democratic Thinker | July 22, 2010

American Hero: Ulysses S. Grant

Ulysses S. Grant: April 27, 1822—July 23, 1885


Death of General Grant.

—Walt Whitman.

As one by one withdraw the lofty actors

From that great play on history’s stage eterne,

That lurid, partial act of war and peace—of old and new contending,

Fought out through wrath, fears, dark dismays, and many a long suspense;

All past—and since, in countless graves receding, mellowing,

Victors and vanquish’d—Lincoln’s and Lee’s—now thou with them,

Man of the mighty days—and equal to the days!

Thou from the prairies!—tangled and many-vein’d and hard has been thy part,

To admiration has it been enacted!