Filigree Ornament, Grant Quote Let Us Have Peace OD-001-020
After successfully defeating Confederate forces in the Civil War, General Ulysses S. Grant ran for President of the United States in 1868 under the campaign slogan "Let us have peace." Grant disliked war, but understood its necessity. Focused on the ultimate goal - restoration of peace and the defeat of slavery - Grant was ruthless in battle because he wanted to end the war as quickly as possible and bring the country together. Symbolically, at his request, the pall bearers for his funeral were an equal number of Confederate and Union generals. Today, the portal facing South on Grant's Tomb is inscribed with the words "Let us have Peace."