Grant Cottage State Historic Site atop Mt. McGregor in Wilton, NY, has been doing some exceptional coverage this year of Ulysses S. Grant’s time atop the mountain, thanks to operations manager Ben Kemp.
Ben has been producing a live video series called “50 Days on the Mountain,” which appears on Grant Cottage’s Facebook page. Ben draws on newspaper accounts from all over the country to help tell the story not only of Grant’s time at the small cottage but also national reaction to Grant’s deteriorating health. Grant traveled to Mt. McGregor to escape the summer heat of Manhattan and finish writing his personal memoirs; at the time, he was in the final stages of terminal throat cancer.
For more information about Grant Cottage, visit their website: https://www.grantcottage.org/.
And for information on Chris Mackowski’s book on the subject, Grant’s Last Battle: The Story Behind the Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant, part of Savas Beatie’s Emerging Civil War Series, click here.