Personal Memoirs

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Personal Memoirs

Personal Memoirs

  • Author: Ulysses S. Grant
  • Publisher: Modern Library
  • ISBN: 9780679641490
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 736
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Mark Twain had known many of the great men of the Civil War and the Gilded Age, and esteemed none more highly than Ulysses S. Grant, who was modest, sensitive, generous, honest, and superlatively intelligent. Grant's courage, both moral and physical, was a matter of record. His genius as a general assured his immortality. In 1881, Twain urged Grant to write his memoirs. No one is interested in me, Grant replied. Out of the army, out of office, and out of favor--that was his life now. He reminded Twain that the Military History of Ulysses S. Grant, written by his wartime assistant, Adam Badeau, had sold poorly. And John Russell Young's book, Around the World with General Grant, published in 1879, had been a complete flop. Broke and sick--he began suffering agonizingly painful throat cancer in 1884-- Grant agreed to write four articles for the Century Magazine on some of his Civil War battles, and Century offered to publish his memoirs if only he'd write them. Twain was on a lecture tour when he heard that Grant might be willing to write a book and hurried back to New York to tell Grant that he could arrange for publication of the book by a small firm that he controlled. Grant accepted his offer because Twain had been the first person to suggest he write his memoirs. The inflexible will and powerful mind that helped make Grant a great general were stronger than the torturing pain, the sleepless nights, the terrors of death. Yet there was no sense of this heroic struggle in the narrative he produced with stubby pencils or by dictating to a secretary. The book was like the man himself--often humorous, frequently charming, always lucid, sometimes poignant, generous to his enemies, loyal to his friends. Twain was astonished when he discovered that Grant had produced a considerably longer book than he had contracted to write, but Grant had always tried to give more than was expected of him. He did so even now. Grant finished his book in July 1885. The Memoirs were a triumph. The narrative has the directness and limpidity of the purest English prose as it was first crafted by William Tyndell and then spread throughout the English-speaking world in the King James version of the Bible. Grant had reached deep into himself and into the world history of the Anglo-American people to grasp the core of its culture, the English language. He trusted in that narrative style that achieves its effects by never straining for effect, assembled it into vivid pictures sufficiently understated to allow an intelligent reader's imagination room to expand, and shaped a literary architecture with a born artist's eye. His recollections were inevitably partial and selective. As with all memoirs, Grant's was at its best as a revelation of the way he remembered the events of his tumultuous life and the feelings they evoked in him as death drew near. Its truth was less in the details of what he recalled as in the story he had to tell, of justice triumphant over a great evil. On July 23, 1885, several days after correcting the galley proofs of his book, Grant died in a summer cottage on the slopes of Mount McGregor, New York, surrounded by friends and family. The memoirs, published a few months later, have never been out of print.

Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant

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Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant

Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant

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  • Author: Ulysses S Grant
  • Publisher: N.A
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The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant is the first comprehensively annotated edition of Grant's memoirs, fully representing the great military leader's thoughts on his life and times through the end of the Civil War and his invaluable perspective on battlefield decision making. An introduction contextualizes Grant's life and significance, and lucid editorial commentary allows the president's voice and narrative to shine through. With annotations compiled by the editors of the Ulysses S. Grant Association's Presidential Library, this definitive edition enriches our understanding of the antebellum era, the Mexican War, and the Civil War.

The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant

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The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant

The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant

The Complete Annotated Edition

  • Author: Ulysses S. Grant,Frank J. Williams
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • ISBN: 0674976290
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 784
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This is the first complete annotated edition of Grant’s memoirs, fully representing the great military leader’s thoughts on his life and times through the end of the Civil War—including the antebellum era and the Mexican War—and his invaluable perspective on battlefield decision making. An introduction contextualizes Grant’s life and significance.

The Complete Personal Memoirs and Selected Letters of Ulysses S. Grant

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The Complete Personal Memoirs and Selected Letters of Ulysses S. Grant

The Complete Personal Memoirs and Selected Letters of Ulysses S. Grant

  • Author: Ulysses S. Grant
  • Publisher: WWW.Snowballpublishing.com
  • ISBN: 9781607965558
  • Category: History
  • Page: 1128
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Completed just days before his death and hailed by Mark Twain as "the most remarkable work of its kind since the Commentaries of Julius Caesar," this is the now-legendary autobiography of ULYSSES SIMPSON GRANT, 18th president of the United States and the Union general who led the North to victory in the Civil War. Though Grant opens with tales of his boyhood, his education at West Point, and his early military career in the Mexican-American war of the 1840s, it is Grant's intimate observations on the conduct of the Civil War, which make up the bulk of the work, that have made this required reading for history students, military strategists, and Civil War buffs alike. 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, sense of purpose, and simple compassion are evident throughout this deeply moving account, as well as in the letters to his wife, Julia, included here.

Memoirs and Selected Letters

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Memoirs and Selected Letters

Memoirs and Selected Letters

Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant, Selected Letters 1839-1865

  • Author: Ulysses Simpson Grant,Library of America,Mary Drake McFeely
  • Publisher: Library of America
  • ISBN: 9780940450585
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 1199
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Letters from Grant to his wife, fellow officers, and government officials accompany his account of his life as a soldier, from West Point to the end of the Civil War

Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant Volume 1 of 2

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Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant Volume 1 of 2

Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant Volume 1 of 2

  • Author: Ulysses S. Grant
  • Publisher: Digital Scanning Inc
  • ISBN: 1582181063
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 596
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Born in 1822, Grant was the son of an Ohio tanner. He went to West Point reluctantly and graduated in the middle of his class. At the outbreak of the Civil War, Grant was appointed by the governor to command an unruly volunteer regiment, quickly rising to the rank of brigadier general of volunteers. In February 1862, he took Fort Henry and attacked Fort Donelson. When the Confederate commander asked for terms, Grant replied, ?No terms except an unconditional and immediate surrender can be accepted.' The Confederates surrendered, and President Lincoln promoted Grant to major general of volunteers. At Shiloh in April, Grant fought one of the bloodiest battles in the West and came out less well. Lincoln fended off demands for his removal by saying, ?I can't spare this man'he fights.' For his next major objective, Grant then maneuvered and fought skillfully to win Vicksburg, the key city on the Mississippi, cutting the Confederacy in two. Then he broke the Confederate hold on Chattanooga. Lincoln appointed him General-in-Chief in March 1864. Grant directed Sherman to drive through the South while he himself, with the Army of the Potomac, pinned down General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. Finally, on April 9, 1865, at Appomattox Court House, Lee surrendered. Grant wrote out magnanimous terms of surrender that would prevent treason trials. As President, Grant presided over the Government much as he had run the Army. Indeed he brought part of his Army staff to the White House. After retiring from the Presidency, Grant became a partner in a financial firm, which went bankrupt. About that time he learned that he had cancer of the throat. He started writing his recollections to pay off his debts and provide for his family, racing against death to produce these Memoirs. Soon after completing the last page, in 1885, he died.

Personal Memoirs U. S. Grant

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Personal Memoirs U. S. Grant

Personal Memoirs U. S. Grant

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The Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant, Vol 1.

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The Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant, Vol 1.

The Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant, Vol 1.

  • Author: Ulysses S. Grant
  • Publisher: 1st World Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781595401243
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 464
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Purchase one of 1st World Library's Classic Books and help support our free internet library of downloadable eBooks. 1st World Library-Literary Society is a non-profit educational organization. Visit us online at www.1stWorldLibrary.ORG - Man proposes and God disposes. There are but few important events in the affairs of men brought about by their own choice. Although frequently urged by friends to write my memoirs I had determined never to do so, nor to write anything for publication. At the age of nearly sixty-two I received an injury from a fall, which confined me closely to the house while it did not apparently affect my general health. This made study a pleasant pastime. Shortly after, the rascality of a business partner developed itself by the announcement of a failure. This was followed soon after by universal depression of all securities, which seemed to threaten the extinction of a good part of the income still retained, and for which I am indebted to the kindly act of friends. At this juncture the editor of the Century Magazine asked me to write a few articles for him. I consented for the money it gave me; for at that moment I was living upon borrowed money. The work I found congenial, and I determined to continue it. The event is an important one for me, for good or evil; I hope for the former.

The Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant, Vol 2.

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The Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant, Vol 2.

The Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant, Vol 2.

  • Author: Ulysses S. Grant
  • Publisher: 1st World Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781595401250
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 576
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Purchase one of 1st World Library's Classic Books and help support our free internet library of downloadable eBooks. 1st World Library-Literary Society is a non-profit educational organization. Visit us online at www.1stWorldLibrary.ORG - Man proposes and God disposes. There are but few important events in the affairs of men brought about by their own choice. Although frequently urged by friends to write my memoirs I had determined never to do so, nor to write anything for publication. At the age of nearly sixty-two I received an injury from a fall, which confined me closely to the house while it did not apparently affect my general health. This made study a pleasant pastime. Shortly after, the rascality of a business partner developed itself by the announcement of a failure. This was followed soon after by universal depression of all securities, which seemed to threaten the extinction of a good part of the income still retained, and for which I am indebted to the kindly act of friends. At this juncture the editor of the Century Magazine asked me to write a few articles for him. I consented for the money it gave me; for at that moment I was living upon borrowed money. The work I found congenial, and I determined to continue it. The event is an important one for me, for good or evil; I hope for the former.

Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant. Volume Two

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Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant. Volume Two

Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant. Volume Two

  • Author: Ulysses S. Grant
  • Publisher: Blurb
  • ISBN: 9780368277986
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 214
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This edition of Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant. Volume Two by Ulysses S. Grant is given by Ashed Phoenix - Million Book Edition