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Ulysses S. Grant, Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, Ancestry-birth-boyhood (search)
n all its branches, direct and collateral. Mathew [Matthew] Grant, the founder of the branch in America, of which I am a descendant, reached Dorchester, Massachusetts [now part of Boston], in May, 1630. In 1635 he moved to what is now Windsor, Connecticut, and was the surveyor for that colony for more than forty years. He was also, for many years of the time, town clerk. He was a married man when he arrived at Dorchester, but his children were all born in this country. His eldest son, Samgy, so that my grandfather, who died when I was sixteen years old, knew only back to his grandfather. On the other side, my father took a great interest in the subject, and in his researches, he found that there was an entailed estate in Windsor, Connecticut, belonging to the family, to which his nephew, Lawson Grant-still living — was the heir. He was so much interested in the subject that he got his nephew to empower him to act in the matter, and in 1832 or 1833, when I was a boy ten or ele
Francis B. Carpenter, Six Months at the White House, Xlvii. (search)
ect of the amusement. Glancing through the half-open door, Mr. Lincoln caught sight of me, and the story had to be repeated for my benefit. The incident was trifling in itself, but the President's enjoyment of it was very exhilarating. I never saw him in so frolicsome a mood as on this occasion. It has been well said by a critic of Shakspeare, that the spirit which held the woe of Lear, and the tragedy of Hamlet, would have broken, had it not also had the humor of the Merry Wives of Windsor, and the merriment of Midsummer Night's Dream. With equal justice can this profound truth be applied to the late President. The world has had no better illustration of it since the immortal plays were written. Mr. Lincoln's laugh stood by itself. The neigh of a wild horse on his native prairie is not more undisguised and hearty. A group of gentlemen, among whom was his old Springfield friend and associate, Hon. Isaac N. Arnold, were one day conversing in the passage near his office
Varina Davis, Jefferson Davis: Ex-President of the Confederate States of America, A Memoir by his Wife, Volume 2, Chapter 44: the lack of food and the prices in the Confederacy. (search)
f eye-glasses135.00 March 20thCandles50.00 March 23dCoat, vest, and pants2,700.00 March 27thOne gallon whiskey400.00 March 30thOne pair of pants700.00 March 30thOne pair of cavalry boots450.00 April 12thSix yards of linen1,200.00 April 14thOne ounce sul. quinine1,700.00 April 14thTwo weeks board700.00 April 14thBought $60, gold6,000.00 April 24thOne dozen Catawba wine900.00 April 24thShad and sundries75.00 April 24thMatches25.00 April 24thPenknife125.00 April 24thPackage brown Windsor50.00 Prices on bill of fare at the Oriental Restaurant, Richmond, January 17, 1864. Soup, per plate$1.50 Turkey, per plate$3.50 Chicken, per plate3.50 Rock fish, per plate5.00 Roast beef, per plate3.00 Beefsteak, per dish3.50 Ham and eggs3.50 Boiled eggs2.00 Fried oysters5.00 Raw oysters3.00 Cabbage1.00 Potatoes1.00 Pure coffee, per cup3.00 Pure tea, per cup2.00 Fresh milk1.00 Bread and butter1.00 Wines, per Bottle. Champagne$50.00 Madeira50.00 Port25.00 Claret20.00
s. The largest company (A) have ninety men, who, with the exception of a few blacksmiths, are all lumbermen. This company, and Company K, did not have a man rejected at the inspection, nor did one refuse to take the oath of enlistment. The other companies lost each from two to five men in going through these forms. The regiment have camp equipage complete. Their uniform is light blue pantaloons, dark blue blouses, and the dark blue U. S. regulation infantry caps. They are armed with Windsor rifles and sabre bayonets. Colonel Mason is yet a regular army officer, holding a captaincy in the Seventeenth U. S. Infantry.--N. Y. Express, August 24. The schooner Sarah Ann, Rome, recently purchased by John Douglas Mirridless, of Wilmington, N. C., and registered with the British consul as the William Arthur, of Liverpool, loaded with fish, beef, pork, etc., cleared from Portland, Me., for St. Thomas, and sailed to day — but information having been received that her destination
ver, at any point where he might attempt to cross. His movements during the day, as indicated by my scouts, led me to suspect he would attempt to cross at Beverly, or at some other point between that place and McConnellsville — most probably at Windsor. Placing guards at the fords, and covering my entire front with scouts, I landed my main force at Windsor for the night. At an early hour the next morning a courier from McConnellsville brought intelligence that Morgan was within five miles, oWindsor for the night. At an early hour the next morning a courier from McConnellsville brought intelligence that Morgan was within five miles, on the opposite side of the river, and approaching that place. I moved my command promptly, but upon reaching McConnellsville I ascertained that the enemy was crossing at Eagleport ferry, seven miles above. Before I could accomplish this march he had crossed the river. By taking an unfrequented route over the hills from the river, I succeeded in flanking him, and opening upon him with my artillery. His entire force was thrown into confusion, throwing away their arms, clothing, etc., along th
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 40: (search)
report, in a communication to Acting-Rear-Admiral Lee, writes as follows: The report is false from beginning to conclusion. I planned the affair and we would have captured the entire party had we been ten minutes earlier. I had forty sailors and one 12-pounder howitzer, and there were three hundred and fifty infantry. We marched about sixteen miles. There was no fight and nothing worth reporting. The rebels ran. I fired three or four times at them at long range. We held the town of Windsor several hours, and marched back eight miles to our boats without a single shot from the enemy. In this case the Confederate commander made capital out of nothing. Flusser was as truthful as he was brave, and his account is reliable. He was ever on the alert to surprise the enemy, and his escaping death for so long a period is remarkable. The Confederates had been employed in building a powerful ram, called the Albemarle, on the Roanoke River, and, knowing that the Federals had no v
Owen Wister, Ulysses S. Grant, III. (search)
III. various ardent pens have attempted to embellish Grant's boyhood. He has even been given illustrious descent. It is enough to know for certain that, Scotch in blood and American since 1630, he was of the eighth generation, and counted a grandfather in the Revolution, besides other soldier ancestors. The first Grant, Matthew, probably landed at Nantucket, Massachusetts, May 30, 1630. In 1636 he helped establish the town of Windsor, Connecticut. He was its first surveyor and a trusted citizen, Samuel, Solomon, Noah, Adoniram, that is what the Grants in colonial Connecticut were called. And with such names as these they did what all the other colonial Noahs and Adonirams were doing. None of them rose to uncommon dimensions; but they, and such as they, were then, as they are now, the salt and leaven of our country. After the Revolution, as our frontier widened and the salt and leaven began to be sprinkled westward, Captain Noah Grant went gradually to the Ohio River, leav
Owen Wister, Ulysses S. Grant, VI. (search)
ostors, as in the San Domingo matter, his acts were mistaken and dangerous. And, alas! unchanged from his childhood innocence revealed in the horse story, he remained such a mark for thieves and impostors that he came to sit in a sort of centre of corruption, credulous to the bitter end. For the end was the bitterest of all. After his second term, when he had gone round the world, and met most of the great people in it, and returned man enough of the world to remark humourously that at Windsor Queen Victoria had been too anxious to put him at his ease, and after his unwilling candidacy for a third term had been frustrated,--after all his experience, he fell a dupe to a Wall Street gambler. He became a special partner. His name was used to further a brazen scheme of thievery. Into the business he put a hundred thousand dollars, and drew two and three thousand a month income without wondering how such returns could be. When the crash came on May 6, 1884, it was inconceivable to
f Andover. He was ordained, March 18, 1670, over the Presbyterian party in Windsor, Conn. He left Windsor, and preached at Bristol, R. I. He left Bristol, and preachWindsor, and preached at Bristol, R. I. He left Bristol, and preached at Kittery, Maine. In 1691, he resided in Portsmouth, N. H. In 1698, lie began to officiate in Medford. The subject of the church and the ministry being the p89, in Hadley, Massachusetts. His great-grandfather was John Porter, of Windsor, Connecticut. His grandfather, son of John, was Samuel Porter, who was one of the fi sung the 45th Psalm from the 8th verse to the end,--five staves. I set it to Windsor tune. I had a very good turkey-leather Psalm-book, which I looked in, while Mhee shall. The tune selected seems to us a singular one for the occasion. Windsor is a proper tune for a funeral; but, for a wedding, how dull! So thought not While they gloried in singing sprightly York or St. David's on Sunday, solemn Windsor or Low Dutch (Canterbury) was their frequent choice at weddings and other fest
rry m. Sarah Jane Barr, b. of James Barr, in New Ipswich, July 11, 1827. Her father was b. May 23, 1790; and his father, James, b. in Kilbarchan, co. of Renfrew, Dec. 12, 1752, emigrated to the United States, June 22, 1774.  1POLLY, Samuel, and Elizabeth, had--  1-2Samuel, b. Nov. 3, 1714.  3Elizabeth, b. May 13, 1716.  4Ruth, b. Feb. 25, 1718.  5John, b. Aug. 6, 1719; d. Mar. 15, 1721.  6Susanna, b. 1721; d. Apr. 16, 1721.  7Sarah, b. Mar. 7, 1729.  1Porter, John (1), was of Windsor, Ct., in 1638; will proved, June, 1649; and had--  1-2Samuel, m. Hannah Stanley; was one of the first settlers of Hadley, in 1659; and d. 1689, leaving seven children.  2-3Samuel Porter, son of the last, was b. Apr. 6, 1660; afterwards judge; m. Joanna, dau. of Aaron Cook, of Hadley. He d. July 29, 1722, aged 62, leaving three sons and four daughters.  3-4Rev. Aaron Porter, second son and third child of the last, was b. July 19, 1689. Grad. H. C., 1708; and m., in 1709, Susanna Sewall
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