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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)
[last lines]
President Ulysses S. Grant: Who is that masked man?
The Lone Ranger: Hi-Yo, Silver! Away!

[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.

[President Grant admires a rifle on Maj. Cavendish's wall]
Maj. Bartholomew 'Butch' Cavendish: I got that at Shiloh. Cavalry Major's. It was his last glorious charge.
President Ulysses S. Grant: Poor bastard.

President Ulysses S. Grant: Hey! Where the Hell you goin' and leaving me here?
The Lone Ranger: You're safer here, Mr. President.
President Ulysses S. Grant: Yeah, but I can help ya. I've been in a few battles myself, son.
The Lone Ranger: Now you're president, so keep your head down.

President Ulysses S. Grant: I signed your court martial? I don't remember it.
Maj. Bartholomew 'Butch' Cavendish: What happened wasn't my fault.
President Ulysses S. Grant: It never is.

President Ulysses S. Grant: Thirty days is too long to give 'em. I'd change that. They'll bicker and debate and scratch their indecisive asses. And by the time they sober up, I'll be dead.
Maj. Bartholomew 'Butch' Cavendish: You may be right.


Sitting Bull (1954)
Major Robert 'Bob' Parrish: May I speak freely?
President Ulysses S. Grant: Go ahead.
Major Robert 'Bob' Parrish: You don't settle Indian troubles by shooting Sitting Bull's son in the back.
President Ulysses S. Grant: I know that. I suppose you have a plan to make the Indian grow flowers around his teepee?

Major Robert 'Bob' Parrish: Sitting Bull alone is holding these people in check.
President Ulysses S. Grant: Why?
Major Robert 'Bob' Parrish: Maybe it's because he knows that the next war will be the end of his people.

[last lines]
President Ulysses S. Grant: To peace.
Sitting Bull: To friendship.


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.

Ulysses S. Grant: [Grant hands the Confederate peace commissioner's proposal back to them, covered in scribbled notes] Gentlemen, I suggest you work some changes into your proposal before you give it to the President.
[Turns and walks away. Stephens follows]
Senator R.M.T. Hunter: We're eager to be on our way to Washington.
Alexander Stephens: Mr Lincoln tell you to tell us this?
Ulysses S. Grant: [Grant takes a cup of coffee from a steward] It says 'securing peace for our two countries' and it goes on like that.
Alexander Stephens: I don't know what you...
Ulysses S. Grant: There's just one country. You and I, we're citizens of that country. I'm fighting to protect it from armed rebels.
[Pats Stephen's shoulder and goes to sit down]
Ulysses S. Grant: From you.


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]


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.

President Grant: [pays Hex] Here's your reward, in full. I also hope you'll reconsider.
[Hex looks at a Sheriff badge]
Jonah Hex: Country's too big for patrollin' sir. But if you're ever in a jam, you know who to call.


"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!


"Hell on Wheels: False Prophets (#5.7)" (2015)
Cullen Bohannan: You sound like a politician. I never pictured you as one.
President Grant: Never pictured it myself. The last morning I have a clear memory of is in Appomattox Court House. Yesterday I was watching Robert E. Lee surrender. Today I'm sitting behind a desk in the White House. You know, sometimes you can't avoid the thing you want most, even if getting it is detestable. As much as I pretend I hate it, the detestable thing I want is power, and power means politics.

President Grant: In politics, nothing is ever off the table.


"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?


"Son of the Morning Star" (1991)
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?


"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.