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Confederate Monuments: Dealing with Tough History

Unveiling of Confederate monument, Arlington Cemetery, Va., June 4, 1914. National Photo Company Collection (Library of Congress)

In Ulysses S. Grant’s first inaugural address in March 1869, he discussed the way in which each section of the country should come together and settle their differences after the Civil War. He stated that it should be “approached calmly, without prejudice, hate, or sectional pride, remembering that the greatest good to the greatest number is the object to be attained.”

Grant’s words are more relevant than ever. The Civil War is still remembered in history books, museums, artifacts, reenactments, and preserved battlefields. It is a scar that is not going away any time soon. The memory of that war continues to shape social ideologies and political discourse in this country.

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The First Completely Annotated Edition of Ulysses S. Grant’s Personal Memoirs

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The Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant are widely considered to be one of the most well-written pieces of non-fiction American literature. Mark Twain, a close friend of Grant’s and whose company published the first edition of the memoirs, called them ‘a great, unique and unapproachable literary masterpiece.’ The memoirs have been in continuous print since their original publication in 1885, which highlights the historical impact of the book. However, in those 130 years, no one has ever thoroughly contextualized the memoirs for the modern reader, until now. Just recently, the Ulysses S. Grant Association, under the management of the Executive Director John F. Marszalek, has announced an upcoming publication of the first comprehensively annotated edition of Grant’s memoirs. Published by Harvard University Press’s Belknap imprint, it will be available for purchase in September 2017.

This newest edition of Grant’s memoirs contains over 2,000 explanatory notes, which identifies nearly every person that Grant mentions, elaborates on details that Grant might have missed, and corrects him if he made an error. All of the scholarly notes that are included in this edition will be invaluable to researchers, historians, academics, and more importantly the casual reader.

Interestingly enough, Grant did not see himself as a writer, nor did he assume that people were interested in hearing his take on the Civil War. However, in June 1884, Grant’s financial trouble, and a diagnosis of severe throat and mouth cancer, forced him to reconsider his abilities as a writer. Immediately after his diagnosis, he began to compose his life story. The oncoming threat of death did not deter Grant. He was determined to complete his memoirs so he could leave his family with a hardy income. With astounding clarity, Grant was able to capture the essence of his early life and detail his personal experience in the Civil War. The general public was enamored by Grant’s direct and lucid writing style.

Sadly, Grant passed away only four days after completing his manuscript, so he was never able to see just how successful and well-received his memoirs would become. Hopefully, this latest edition will add to the historical value of the memoirs, and provide every student of American history with a more nuanced perspective of Grant.

If you are interested in purchasing this invaluable piece of Grant scholarship, you can visit any bookstore or online retailer. Or, you can purchase the book through Harvard, here:
http://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674976290

 

Louie P. Gallo

lpg58@msstate.edu

David Farragut: One of the Youngest Midshipman in American Naval History

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David Farragut was one of the most well-known Naval Commanders of the Civil War, but his intriguing life-story began at a surprisingly early age.

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Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library on Facebook and Twitter

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If you are on Facebook or Twitter, head over to the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library’s page and give it a Like and/or a Share! 

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Ricketts’ Circus: George Washington and Americas First Circus, 1793

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Obviously, nearly every American knows who George Washington was, and the role he played in American history. However, did you know that the battle hardened General and astute President loved the circus?

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Dueling Pianos: Muzio Clementi vs. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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Can you imagine the scene? It is Christmas Eve in 1781 at the Royal Viennese Court, and everyone, including the Holy Roman Emperor Joseph II, is waiting for the piano duel to commence. Sitting at one piano is a well established Italian composer, Muzio Clementi, and at the other is the most anticipated prodigy of his time, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

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February 14, 1814: The USS Constitution vs. the HMS Pictou

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USS Constitution

This year marks the bicentennial of the Treaty of Ghent, which ended the War of 1812. One of the most famous naval vessels from the war was the USS Constitution, or better known by the nickname “Old Ironsides”. There are many written histories about Old Ironsides.  This post will detail the clash between the USS Constitution and the HMS Pictou. The reason I chose this topic is because it occurred exactly 200 years ago to the day, on February 14, 1814. Read more…

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