Grant Needs to “get to moving again”

Uncomfortably Sedentary Grant?

I like this quote attributed to U.S. Grant.

From The New-York Times March 14, 1862:


Gen. GRANT, in a letter to an officer stationed at Fort Henry, dated March 5, says: “I have not been well for the last ten days, and don’t see that I will be much better until I can get to moving again.” The General was presented with a handsome sword by some of his friends, on March 10, Col. C.C. MARSH making the speech, and Capt. W.S. HILLYER responding on behalf of Gen. GRANT. The correspondent of the Cincinnati Commercial states that Gen. GRANT has applied to be relieved of his command. Gen. SMITH has command of the army in the field. …

As Seven Score and Ten has pointed out, Henry Halleck did not let Grant quit.

Apparently Grant would agree with naturalist and essayist John Burroughs, who wrote in The Gospel Of Nature:

The lesson in running brooks is that motion is a great purifier and health-producer. When the brook ceases to run, it soon stagnates. It keeps in touch with the great vital currents when it is in motion, and unites with other brooks to help make the river. In motion it soon leaves all mud and sediment behind. Do not proper work and the exercise of will power have the same effect upon our lives?

U.S. Grant (Engraved by John Chester Buttre ca. 1862; LOC: LC-USZ62-136296)

Needs to 'get to moving again'

John Burroughs, 1837-1921(c1909; LOC: LC-USZ62-86843)

Observe the running brook

Ulysses Grant, Pres. U.S., 1822-1885 (c1922 Sept. 9; LOC: LC-USZ62-71918)

at his proper work: 'I was no clerk, nor had I any capacity to become one.'

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