Excerpt from Life and Military Career of Winfield Scott Hancock: His Early Life, Education and Remarkable Military Career
I make no apology for this book. It has already had the double advertisement of praise from friends and abuse from foes, and if that does not secure it a fair clientage, no explanation of mine will. My chief motive is to help once more to put an American into the Presidency who will honestly lead the American people away from quarrels into comradeship and confidence. Such a man is the soldier Hancock.
Believe me, I have no other aspiration in writing his life. I do not want any of his offices. Never having been a candidate before any administration of the general government for place, I have simply, in order to maintain my independence, resigned most valuable positions voluntarily tendered to me by other Presidents. I can safely make this statement; and as for money, I have never learned to steal it from the Government, though I dearly love to earn a fair living by honest industry in my own chosen profession.
The little organs and placemen of a party just ushered into being one year after I myself co-operated with it to put down human slavery, are now as much disturbed by my refusal to follow that party into the very sectionalism I have always despised, and are as angry as so many disturbed mice in a rich cheese because they say that I have left the ring Republicans. As I never belonged to these rings, I cannot therefore be accused of leaving them.
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