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

By Ulysses S. Grant

20 years after Appomattox, affected by melanoma and facing financial destroy, Ulysses S. supply wrote his Personal Memoirs to secure his family’s destiny. in doing so, the Civil War’s greatest general gained himself a special position in American letters. His character, intelligence, experience of objective, and straightforward compassion are obvious all through this vibrant and deeply relocating account, which has been acclaimed through readers as different asMark Twain, Matthew Arnold, Gertrude Stein, and Edmund Wilson. Annotated and whole with distinctive maps, conflict plans, and facsimiles reproduced from the unique version, this volume offers an unheard of vantage at the so much negative, moving, and inexhaustibly interesting occasion in American history. included are 174 letters, lots of them to his spouse, Julia, which provide an intimate view in their affectionate and enduring marriage.

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