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Ulysses S. Grant (Character)
from "The Blue and the Gray" (1982)

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The Legend of the Lone Ranger (1981)
President Ulysses S. Grant: Who was that masked man?

[Grant, on a train with Buffalo Bill Cody, Wild Bill Hickok and Col. George Armstrong Custer, is commenting on the decimation of the buffalo]
President Ulysses S. Grant: What happened to all the buffalo?
Buffalo Bill Cody: I shot 'em.

[Having just thanked the Lone Ranger for saving his life, Grant now turns to Tonto]
President Ulysses S. Grant: And how can I thank you?
Tonto: You can thank me by honoring your treaties with my people.
President Ulysses S. Grant: We will try.

Tonto: Repay me by honoring your treaties with my people.
President Ulysses S. Grant: Yes, we will TRY, you have my word.


Wild Wild West (1999)
President Grant: And you, West, not every situation calls for your patented approach of "shoot first, shoot later, shoot some more and then when everybody's dead try to ask a question or two."

President Grant: Gentlemen, you'll be happy to know that I'm starting a new agency, whose sole purpose is the protection of the President. Welcome to the Secret Service, Agents Number One, and Number Two.
Artemus Gordon: Thank you, Mr. President.
[pause]
Artemus Gordon: Sir, if you don't mind my asking, which of us is Number One and which is Number Two?
President Grant: I don't think that really matters, Gordon, do you?
Artemus Gordon: Not if you don't, sir.

[as the Tarantula approaches a small town]
Dr. Arliss Loveless: Mr. President, for the last time, sign the surrender, or I will decimate this town!
President Grant: You've had my answer.
Dr. Arliss Loveless: Well, I understand your position, sir, but I urge you to reconsider, in light of the following!
[opens fire]


"Lincoln: The Last Days (#2.3)" (1976)
Sec. Edwin Stanton: Grant, what do you hear from North Carolina?
General U.S. Grant: From Sherman? Only that he's got Johnson's army up a tree and doesn't know what its intentions are.
Sec. Edwin Stanton: Suppose that Rebel army's intention is not to surrender, but to fight. What then?
General U.S. Grant: Then, gentlemen, Hell will be hauled out of its shuck.

Abraham Lincoln: When news comes from Sherman, I'm confident it will be good.
Sec. Edwin Stanton: And your confidence is based on what?
Abraham Lincoln: A dream. It's a dream I had last night. I seemed to be aboard some singular, indescribable vessel and to be approaching very rapidly a distant, indefinite shore. I'll allow it's odd, but I had this identical dream just preceding news of Sumter, and Bull Run, and Antietam, Gettysburg, Stone River, and just before the taking of Vicksburg. And last night I dreamt it again. I'm certain that awesome news is forthcoming.
General U.S. Grant: Mr. President, Stone River, Bull Run, and Antietam could hardly be called good news, sir.
Sec. Edwin Stanton: I'm sure we'll agree omens make a charming fancy, but in the War Department, Lincoln, we like to rely for our messages on the military telegraph!


"Branded: A Destiny Which Made Us Brothers (#2.19)" (1966)
Gen. Ulysses S. Grant: No, not my leg... and not that fever from Panama, nor the ague or this headache... this thundering headache... the pounding boots of a thousand ghostly battalions battering at this brain... The men I sent to die... the men I will... those like you. Do you know what it's like to bury four thousand men in one grave? I do.
Jason McCord: General, someone has to give those orders. There's no one we'd rather follow.

Gen. Ulysses S. Grant: On the Eve of any battle, there is a destiny that makes some men enemies and some men brothers. And so ten years ago tonight, destiny made a choice... And so, McCord, on the Eve of that battle, Destiny had chose to make us brothers. It's been ten years now. About time we had that drink.


"Lincoln" (1988)
Congressman Elihu Washburne: There is talk of you running for President.
Gen. Ulysses S. Grant: Don't want the job. Tell the President he has nothing to fear from me.

Gen. Ulysses S. Grant: Well, I do have a certain political ambition after the war, if I survive. I mean to run for mayor of Galena, and if I win, I mean to have the sidewalk fixed up between my house and the depot.


"Hell on Wheels: One Less Mule (#3.6)" (2013)
Cullen Bohannan: General. I think maybe you're in need of a good snipe hunt.
Ulysses S. Grant: I've been known to enjoy a good snipe hunt now and again.

Cullen Bohannan: Well, where the hell is Cheyenne?
Ulysses S. Grant: I had the Bureau of Land Management rename the town of Durant to Cheyenne.
Cullen Bohannan: You renamed Durant's town?
Ulysses S. Grant: Yes, sir, I did.
Cullen Bohannan: [laughs heartily] Oh! Does he know yet?
Ulysses S. Grant: Nope.
Cullen Bohannan: Can I tell him?


Lincoln (2012)
Ulysses S. Grant: If you want to discuss peace with President Lincoln, consider revisions.
Alexander Stephens: If we're not to discuss a truce between warring nations, what in heaven's name can we discuss?
Ulysses S. Grant: Terms of surrender.

Ulysses S. Grant: [to Lincoln] By outward appearance, you're 10 years older than you were a year ago.


Son of the Morning Star (1991) (TV)
Ulysses S. Grant: [Grant shows Red Cloud a map of the Black Hills] This is your land.
Sioux Interpreter: [Red Cloud observes the map, then speaks to the interpreter, who translates to Grant] He says, why these lines?
Ulysses S. Grant: Boundaries, where the land ends.
Sioux Interpreter: [Interpreter translates to Red Cloud, who replies to him] It is lies.
Red Cloud: [Grant, outraged by his response, stands to his feet. Red Cloud also does the same and mutters a word of English] Lies.

Ulysses S. Grant: [Speaking to Red cloud through an interpretor] You tell him this very directly. Survival is victory, Chief Red Cloud. You can't stop us now. You can only survive among us.


"Branded: The Mission: Part 1 (#1.8)" (1965)
President Ulysses S. Grant: You've already been marked a coward. How would you like to be branded as a traitor as well?


Jonah Hex (2010)
Lieutenant Grass: Begging your pardon, sir, but why does the President care if one old Confederate general is still alive?
President Grant: After Gettysburg, Turnbull changed. He targeted hospitals, schools, churches... kill enough people, and soon they would tear down the government that failed to protect them. His Mexican slaves, they had a nickname for him... what was it?
Aide: "Terrorista."
President Grant: Terrorista.


"Branded: The Mission: Part 2 (#1.9)" (1965)
President Ulysses S. Grant: If the President of the United States believed you were a coward, he wouldn't sent you on this mission.


"Black Saddle: Mr. Simpson (#2.15)" (1960)
President Ulysses S. Grant: By the way Marshal, were you in the war?
Marshal Gib Scott: Yes sir. I worked at corporal in the seventh Illinois.
President Ulysses S. Grant: How about you, Mr. Cohane?
Clay Culhane: I was in the calvary, sir.
President Ulysses S. Grant: Yes? Under who's command?
Clay Culhane: Robert E. Lee.


Drum Beat (1954)
[discussing Captain Jack]
President Ulysses S. Grant: What kind of man is he?
Johnny MacKay: Well, some people say he's got a little white blood in him because of his white eye... but I think it's mostly bad blood.


"The Wild Wild West: The Night of the Inferno (#1.1)" (1965)
President Ulysses S. Grant: [to James West] You're the finest underground intelligence officer we have.


"The Wild Wild West: The Night of the Colonel's Ghost (#2.24)" (1967)
President Ulysses S. Grant: You know, Mr. Gordon, it's men like you who will eventually take all the fun out of war.


Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (2007) (TV)
General Sherman: [after Custer and his men are massacred at the Battle of the Little Bighorn] The man was a fuckin' idiot. Splits his forces? Daylight raid, high noon?
Henry Dawes: An idiot, perhaps, but he had his orders, Mr. President. Drive the Sioux out of the Black Hills onto the ration rolls, so we could get to that damn gold. The Sioux resisted.
General Sherman: Resisted? Bullshit!
Henry Dawes: They *resisted*, General Sherman.
President Ulysses S. Grant: Blocking a roundhouse to the chin is "resistance", Henry. Massacring five companies of cavalry...
Henry Dawes: I am not defending their brutality, Mr. President. The Sioux resisted because by the '68 treaty, this land is theirs, and we had no legal...
General Sherman: That treaty was also only supposed to feed them for four years. And yet here we are, eight years later, and you Senators are passing a million-a-year appropriation to keep filling their bellies. Why?
Henry Dawes: To keep them from starving, General.
President Ulysses S. Grant: And that's all it's done. Made them beggars. Hasn't advanced them one bit. Those smart enough not to sign...
General Sherman: Do this!
Henry Dawes: They were attacked by us first.
General Sherman: [chuckles] And what would you have us do, Dawes? Cut and run?
Henry Dawes: Mr. President, this is a senseless argument.
General Sherman: A senseless argument? Do you know what they did to those men on that hill? They did things even I've never seen before.


The Horse Soldiers (1959)
Gen. Ulysses S. Grant: Have you thought about how you're going to get back?
Col. John Marlowe: Have you, sir?
Gen. Ulysses S. Grant: Well, I guess I asked for that. I just hate to think of you spending the rest of the war in Andersonville; it's a hell-hole.