Gen. Grant visits Vermont
CivilWar General Ulysses S. Grant will appear at the Eastside Restaurant in Newport Vt. on Wednesday Sept 11, 2013 at 6pm. The Northeast Kingdom Civil War Round Table was able to convince our 18 president to come back from the grave for just this one evening. The General will show up in the form of Tony Daniels a professional impersonator.
Best of all it’s a freebee if you just want to see the show but you shouldn’t miss out on the great meal Deenaoffers us at a very very reasonable price! That’s right you can come and not pay a penny to enjoy this one man lecture. No one will bug ya to join the group! Our group is based on the principle that no reports are good reports. (no minutes of the last meeting – no treasurers or secretaries report – and no darn Roberts Rules of Order ) To enjoy history; it has to be fun! By the way no reservations necessary.
So what about this guy Grant? He was a somewhat shy and unpretentious man who really didn’t show any signs of greatness before the Civil War. At West Point he only excelled at horseback riding and even set records that lasted for decades.
Given a chance to prove his ability at the start of the Civil War; he proved it over and over again. He was a bulldog in battle. A boxer who took his lumps but won the fight in the end. In April 1862 at the battle of Shiloh, Grant he got surprised by the enemy and all his subordinates begged him to retreat. Yet his determined reply to them was, we will lick them tomorrow. He did. This one battle had more American casualties than all the other wars our country had been in. When Lincoln was told to remove him, he said “I can’t this man fights”. Unlike Gen. McCellen who could grasp defeat from the jaws of victory; Grant always moved forward. Another time Lincoln was advised to remove Grant because he drank too much. Lincoln; a teetotaler, replied “Find out what type he drinks, I want to send some to all my generals”.
Grant was a man who shunned the limelight and the press. He was more interested in getting the job done than bragging about how he was going to whip the enemy as most of past leaders of the Union Army had done. He was a man who wore a private’s uniform more often than a Generals yet he was only the second person to be given the rank of Lieutenant General. George Washington was the first.
After the war Grant was elected President of the United States and served two terms. Here are a few fun facts about Grant. He was only 5’2” and 120 lbs. He graduated from West Point in 1843, ranking 21st in a class of 39.
His best man was none other than future Confederate General James Longstreet.
Grant became President at 46 years old. It was the first office he had ever run for. He won by a landslide 214 electoral votes to 80. His time in office was marred by scandal after scandal yet Grant himself was above reproach!
Lastly that age old question will be answered once and for all” Who is buried in Grant’s tomb”? Which by the way is the largest mausoleum in North America.
Seen here in the first match of the quarterfinal were : the Green team from Memphrémagog MRC coached by Carole Daoust; Francine Caron Markwell, Stanstead Township; Lise Rousseau, Ogden; Louis Veillon, Potton; and Serge St-Pierre, of Ste-Catherine-de-Hatley; and the yellow team from Sherbrooke, coached by Eugénie Dostie-Goulet, and composed of Lise Drouin-Paquette, Dany Lachance, Maude M. Sévigny and Vincent Boutin. At centre is the umpire Valérie Toupin-Delafontaine.
Seen here in the second quarter final were the Sherbrooke green team coached by Lucie Tremblay, St-Herménégilde; and composed of Rémy Demers, Sherbrooke; Sylvie Lapointe, Nicole Aubin Gagnon and Félix Boudreault. The yellow team from the Coaticook MRC, coached by Nicole Fortier, of Bury, and composed of Jacques Ferland, Compton; Julie Grenier, Barnston-Ouest; Sylvie Fauteux, St-Herménégilde; and Sonia Tremblay, Barnston-Ouest. At centre is umpireValérie Toupin-Delafontaine.
General Ulysses S. Grant will be speaking at the Eastside Restaurant next Wednesday evening.