Ulysses S. Grant and Missions Among American Indians

American Minute by Bill Federer

Forced to resign from the Army for excessive drinking, he failed as a farmer and a businessman.

Not until he volunteered for the Civil War did things change.

He was promoted to brigadier general, captured Fort Henry and Vicksburg, and won Union control of the Mississippi.

Lincoln placed him over the entire Army and within a year he forced Lee to surrender.

His name was Ulysses S. Grant, born APRIL 27, 1822. As 18th President, Grant stated:

“It seems fitting that on the occurrence of the 100th anniversary of our existence as a nation, a grateful acknowledgment should be made to Almighty God for the protection and the bounties which He has vouchsafed to our beloved country.”

In his 2nd Annual Message, December 5, 1870, Ulysses S. Grant wrote:

“Such religious denominations as had heretofore established missionaries among the Indians…are allowed to name their own agents…and are expected to watch over them and aid them as missionaries, to Christianize and civilize the Indians, and to train him in the arts of peace.”

On January 1, 1871, Ulysses S. Grant addressed Congress:

“It would seem highly desirable that the civilized Indians of the country should be encouraged in establishing for themselves forms of Territorial government compatible with the Constitution of the United States…

That they become self-sustaining, self-relying, Christianized, and civilized.”

On December 4, 1871, President Ulysses S. Grant told Congress:

“Many tribes of Indians have been induced to settle upon reservations, to cultivate the soil, to perform productive labor of various kinds, and to partially accept civilization.

They are being cared for in such a way, it is hoped, as to induce those still pursuing their old habits of life to embrace the only opportunity which is left them to avoid extermination.

I recommend liberal appropriations to carry out the Indian peace policy, not only because it is humane, Christianlike, and economical, but because it is right.”

The Moral Liberal contributing editor, William J. Federer, is the bestselling author of “Backfired: A Nation Born for Religious Tolerance no Longer Tolerates Religion,” and numerous other books. A frequent radio and television guest, his daily American Minute is broadcast nationally via radio, television, and Internet. Check out all of Bill’s books here.


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