. . . there are none other so good as the following from Gen. Grant’s reply to Buckner’s request for a negotiation of terms of surrender:
“I will accept no terms but unconditional, immediate surrender. I propose to move immediately upon your works.”
Now that is perfectly beautiful. It was just the thing to say to Buckner. It is just the thing to say to the rebel chiefs generally.
– Published in The Burlington Weekly Hawk-Eye, Burlington, Iowa, Saturday, March 1, 1862, p. 1