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A Northern Christian newspaper editorialized: "There must be a sad satisfaction in seeing how now, all men, of every party, and of every section from one end to the other of our regenerated Union, unite to do him reverence who saved it from destruction." (58) Grant's legacy of Christian mercy and kindness was the one position on which a majority of white Americans could agree and which provided the basis for the emotional reunionism of the funeral in cementing the nation even more tightly together.