You have to read this message from General Grant:
I’ll be blunt with you.
I’m no politician, and I don’t meddle in the affairs of dandy prats. But I will say this:
Abraham Lincoln is a good man.
He’s had my back at every turn in this war, from Shiloh to Shenandoah.
And tonight, he goes into a battle of his own, with George McClellan, a real ninnyhammer if I’ve ever met one.
So I want to share with you some words our president once shared with me. Words that cast light on me in a time of great darkness.
A tattered telegraph, rain-soaked and smudged, came to me in the bare heat of August, at the vile seige of Petersburg:
“HOLD ON WITH A BULL-DOG GRIP, AND CHEW AND CHOKE, AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE.”
That’s the kind of man I want as my president.
My advice to him for tonight’s debate, and my advice to you in these final weeks, is commensurate:
Hold on with a bull-dog grip.
And, for crying out loud, just donate 15 damn cents already.
For the Union,
Gen. U.S. Grant
Commanding General of the United States Army