Ulysses S. Grant : Memoirs and Selected Letters : Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant / Selected Letters, 1839-1865 (Library of America)

Ulysses S. Grant : Memoirs and Selected Letters : Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant / Selected Letters, 1839-1865 (Library of America)

Ulysses S. Grant

Language: English

Pages: 1199

ISBN: 0940450585

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Twenty years after Appomattox, stricken by cancer and facing financial ruin, Ulysses S. Grant wrote his Personal Memoirs to secure his family’s future. in doing so, the Civil War’s greatest general won himself a unique place in American letters. His character, intelligence, sense of purpose, and simple compassion are evident throughout this vivid and deeply moving account, which has been acclaimed by readers as diverse asMark Twain, Matthew Arnold, Gertrude Stein, and Edmund Wilson. Annotated and complete with detailed maps, battle plans, and facsimiles reproduced from the original edition, this volume offers an unparalleled vantage on the most terrible, moving, and inexhaustibly fascinating event in American history. included are 174 letters, many of them to his wife, Julia, which offer an intimate view of their affectionate and enduring marriage.

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rear, who was being constantly reinforced, we required a second line of defence facing the other way. I had not troops enough under my command to man these. General Halleck appreciated the situation and, without being asked, forwarded reinforcements with all possible dispatch. The ground about Vicksburg is admirable for defence. On the north it is about two hundred feet above the Mississippi River at the highest point and very much cut up by the washing rains; the ravines were grown up with cane

fall under the head of romance; indeed, I am afraid that in telling some of their experiences, the romance got the better of the truth upon which the story was founded, and that, in the way many of these anecdotes are told, very little of the foundation is left. I suspect that most of them consist chiefly of the fiction added to make the stories better. In one instance it was reported that a few men of Sherman’s army passed a house where they discovered some chickens under the dwelling. They

may, and they can always find houses to visit for these purposes. Upon the whole Corpus Christi is just the same as any other plase would be where there were so many troops. I think the man who wrote the letter you have been reading deservs to be put in the Guard house and kept there until we leave the country. There he would not see so much to write about.—Do you get the paper I send you evry week?—I know Julia if you could see me now you would not know me, I have allowed my beard to grow two or

their choice no electioneering or circulation of speaches of a disloyal character, or those calculated to create dissentions, will be tolerated if it can be avoided. Disloyalty in the North should not be tolerated whilst such an expenditure of blood and treasure is going on to punish it in the South. I have the honor to be very respectfully your obt. svt. U. S. GRANT Maj. Gen Commanding To Elihu B. Washburne Vicksburg Mississippi August 30th 1863. Hon. E. B. Washburn, Dear Sir; Your

affairs. There was a time when slavery was not profitable, and the discussion of the merits of the institution was confined almost exclusively to the territory where it existed. The States of Virginia and Kentucky came near abolishing slavery by their own acts, one State defeating the measure by a tie vote and the other only lacking one. But when the institution became profitable, all talk of its abolition ceased where it existed; and naturally, as human nature is constituted, arguments were

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