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The Train to Mt. McGregor

It was a sweltering day 134 years ago on June 16, 1885. The mercury teased the 100-degree mark, and for Ulysses S. Grant, the heat flowing back from the locomotive only made it worse. Add to that the storm of … Continue reading

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Haunted by Typos

Like a lot of writers, I hate to look at my material once it’s gone into print. When I do, a typo inevitably jumps off the page and slaps me in the face. It’s not because my pieces are riddled … Continue reading

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Grant’s Last Battle Redux

I’m always excited to have a box of my books show up on my doorstep from the printer. This week, it was the newly printed second edition of Grant’s Last Battle. As a parent, you’re not supposed to have a … Continue reading

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On Location: Grant Cottage

Today is the anniversary of Ulysses S. Grant’s death in 1885. He died just days after finishing his memoirs—a writing project he undertook to save his family from destitution as he was dying of throat cancer. It’s a compelling story. … Continue reading

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Grant Memorial Poem: “Our Dead General”

Our final Grant memorial poem from the Albany Evening Journal comes from August 4, 1885. The original poem appeared on page 3 of the paper, written by someone using the pen name “Fidelitas.” The pen name—derived from the Latin, meaning … Continue reading

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Grant Memorial Poetry: “Prophecy”

As I’ve spent time with the Albany Evening Journal researching Ulysses S. Grant’s last days, I’ve gotten a feel for the paper’s rhythms and routines. Granted, the time I’ve spent with the paper has focused on a very narrow window: … Continue reading

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Grant Memorial Poetry: “Grant”

Today’s Grant memorial poem comes from the August 4, 1885, edition of the Albany Evening Journal, where it appeared on page 2. Written the previous day as an original piece for the paper, the poem ponders the nature of greatness. … Continue reading

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Grant Memorial Poetry: “A Nation’s Sorrow”

One of the things I found most interesting about the Albany Evening Journal‘s coverage of U.S. Grant’s time at Mt. McGregor is the juxtaposition of national and local perspectives. After all, Grant’s decline was one of the biggest stories in … Continue reading

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Grant Memorial Poetry: “Let Us Have Peace”

When Ulysses S. Grant arrived on Mt. McGregor on June 16, 1885, for what would be the last six weeks of his life, the regional newspaper, the Albany Evening Journal, provided extensive daily coverage. One of the world’s biggest stories … Continue reading

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U.S. Grant Urges Iowans to Approve Suffrage for Black Men

The following was passed along by ECW’s friend William Underhill, one of the stalwart keeper’s of Ulysses S. Grant’s flame as a member of the Friends of Grant Cottage, the organization that staffs the site where Grant died in upstate … Continue reading

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