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Adam Badeau, Grant in peace: from Appomattox to Mount McGregor, a personal memoir 70 4 Browse Search
Ulysses S. Grant, Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant 28 2 Browse Search
Mrs. John A. Logan, Reminiscences of a Soldier's Wife: An Autobiography 27 1 Browse Search
Varina Davis, Jefferson Davis: Ex-President of the Confederate States of America, A Memoir by his Wife, Volume 1 24 0 Browse Search
James Barnes, author of David G. Farragut, Naval Actions of 1812, Yank ee Ships and Yankee Sailors, Commodore Bainbridge , The Blockaders, and other naval and historical works, The Photographic History of The Civil War: in ten volumes, Thousands of Scenes Photographed 1861-65, with Text by many Special Authorities, Volume 6: The Navy. (ed. Francis Trevelyan Miller) 22 0 Browse Search
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2. 20 0 Browse Search
Owen Wister, Ulysses S. Grant 17 1 Browse Search
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Massachusetts in the Army and Navy during the war of 1861-1865, vol. 2 16 0 Browse Search
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing) 13 3 Browse Search
Adam Badeau, Military history of Ulysses S. Grant from April 1861 to April 1865. Volume 1 9 1 Browse Search
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Owen Wister, Ulysses S. Grant, II. (search)
g failures, he insists: I rather like the man. I think we'll try him a little longer. Finally comes the renowned remark, when they tell him of Grant's intemperance: I wish I knew what brand of whiskey he drinks. I would send a barrel to all my other generals. Sherman felt the power near at hand, as he fought under Grant, and wrote to him that it was something which he could liken to nothing else than the faith a Christian has in his Saviour. Through this faith, then, the obscure man from Galena began in April, 1861, and by April, 1864, was the will-power of his country. But why was such a man still obscure at the age of thirty-nine? Again his own words give the fundamental explanation: As I grow older, I become more indolent, my besetting sin through life. This was written in 1873 to his minister to England, and no truer word ever came from him. Together with the remark about taking Richmond, it reveals the foundation upon which the whole man was built. Great will and great i
Owen Wister, Ulysses S. Grant, IV. (search)
h is far better than having bad ones, to be sure; and a certain something in him seems to have held even the most familiar at a distance. But even Georgetown and Galena found him wanting; and this social dumbness did not wholly wear off until he had been twice President and had travelled round the world. Either great strain ortudied himself, must have known how far below himself he was living? In March, 1860, Grant went to weigh leather and buy hides for his father's branch store in Galena. He was paid six hundred dollars at first, and later eight hundred. But this did not support his wife and four children. He went to the war in debt, which he pake none of his father's wealth. This must be remembered in considering Grant's acceptance of presents in acknowledgment of his military services. The year at Galena was more than ever isolated. His quiet judgment, however, seems to have been wide-awake. He went to hear Douglas during the campaign of this year, and, being as
Owen Wister, Ulysses S. Grant, V. (search)
V. On Friday, April 12, 1861, news reached Galena that South Carolina had fired upon Fort Sumter. On Monday came tidings of its capture. On Tuesday there was a town meeting, with a slippery mayor. But two spirits of a different quality spokesoon. It all seems as casual as fate. Tired of waiting, though Washburne counselled patience, he was about to return to Galena, when he was taken into the adjutant-general's office; and for a while he sat in a corner, filling blanks with such ease ot a material need or detail that he did not thoroughly foresee and attend to. An officer serving under him wrote back to Galena, This man is the pure gold. As the stress of experience and responsibility roused him more and more, his brain took in h book last. Chittenden has told us how the transfixed hotel clerk changed his manner on reading, U. S. Grant and son, Galena, Ill. Horace Porter records Lincoln's cry of welcome that evening. John Sherman writes to his brother of the adulations in
Owen Wister, Ulysses S. Grant, VI. (search)
nning. But, when leaders came to Grant offering him the presidency, either he forgot his opinion of politics, or (and signs point to this) he thought (as another hero has thought since) that being president was an easy matter. None of us can measure such a temptation without having it. As General Taylor writes, Perhaps none but a divine being can resist such a temptation. Strange, very strange, is Grant's conduct after his election. He left the world. He went into a sort of retreat at Galena. He would see no party leaders. He ordered no letter sent to him. He would make no speeches. He disclosed his plans to no one. We can only guess his thoughts during this time by his acts following it. They were honest — and helpless. Evidently, he wished to govern without politics, as he had made war without politics. He wished to choose men as he had chosen generals — for their fitness as he judged them. He did not perceive the vast difference: that war at once lays bare a soldier's