“The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant” — as the two volumes were titled when they first appeared in 1885-1886 — has long been regarded as a … The front cover of a first edition copy of Julia Dent Grant's Personal Memoirs (1975). While interest in his memoirs would have been high had Grant not been ill, his struggle to finish it before his death gave it even more attention. Perret backs these accusations with the fact Grant, while appointed the General-in-Chief, "evolved the future of the United States Army" by applying "maximum firepower, maximum mobility" while relying on "the wide envelopment" as his principal form of maneuver. Personal memoirs of U. S. Grant by Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson), 1822-1885. He was nearly 60, and he looked for something to engage his time. It is the leather hardbound copy. I had my staff with me, a good portion of whom were in the room during the whole of the interview. … read more After the conversation had run on in this style for some time, General Lee called my attention to the object of our meeting, and said that he had asked for this interview for the purpose of getting from me the terms I proposed to give his army. New York: Charles L. Webster & Company, 1885-86. Paperback. In near fine condition. Gertrude Stein also admired the book, saying she could not think of Grant without weeping. “Grant’s memoirs comprise one of the most valuable writings by a military commander in history” (Eicher 492). [12] The Memoirs quickly became a best seller. please dont let the low number of sales scare you , i have sold hundreds of items with the wife on her account. After the war, Grant was portrayed as a ruthless leader who stopped at nothing to make sure the South was destroyed. "Still a Mystery? Grant's writing has been praised for its conciseness and clarity—a sharp contrast from contemporary Civil War memoirs, which tended to reflect the Victorian fondness for elaborate (an… The focus of the book is Grant's military career—his service in the Mexican–American War and the Civil War. They sold 350,000 two-volume sets at prices from $3.50 to $12, depending on the binding (roughly $100 to $340 in 2019). Grant & Ward failed in May 1884, leaving Grant penniless. … After Shiloh, I gave up all idea of saving the Union except by complete conquest. $44.98. The expression of these kindly feelings were not restricted to a section of the country, nor to a division of the people. [10], The work was published in a two-volume set after his death. [1][2], The Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant has been highly regarded by the general public, military historians,[3] and literary critics. and Other Sketches, The £1,000,000 Bank Note and Other New Stories, The Curious Republic of Gondour and Other Whimsical Sketches, A Salutation Speech From the Nineteenth Century to the Twentieth, The Private History of a Campaign That Failed, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Personal_Memoirs_of_U._S._Grant&oldid=982738994, Articles with dead external links from December 2016, Articles with permanently dead external links, Wikipedia articles needing page number citations from October 2016, Pages using Sister project links with wikidata mismatch, Pages using Sister project links with hidden wikidata, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 10 October 2020, at 01:13. ", Discussion of the annotated edition of Grant's memoirs, Bibliography of Ulysses S. Grant § Primary sources, "Ulysses S Grant Quotes On West Point and the Mexican War –, "Signed Books That Are Not Autographed, Conclusion", Ulysses S. Grant: Friend Mark Twain Offers Terms for Publication of, Commanding General of the United States Army, 1865–1869, United States presidential election, 1868, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, Some Learned Fables for Good Old Boys and Girls, Mark Twain's (Burlesque) Autobiography and First Romance, A True Story and the Recent Carnival of Crime, Punch, Brothers, Punch! The Grant family, who received 75% of the net royalties (after expenses), made approximately $450,000 (equivalent to $13,000,000 in 2019) from the book, re-establishing their fortune. The focus of the book is Grant's military career—his service in the Mexican-American War and the Civil War. [14], Grant goes to the point of declaring himself as "unmilitary" while continually stressing his simple nature. Item Number: 81068. / U. S. Grant / New York City / May 23rd, 1885." General Grant and the Historians, 1981–2006. Up for sale The Personal Memoirs Of US Grant Vols 1 & 2 1st Edition 1885 1886 Ulysses S Signed.CHECK PICS CLOSELY , THESE ARE THE BOOKS YOU WILL RECEIVE Shipped with USPS Priority Mail Medium Flat Rate Box. It was an instance of a republic following the bad example of European monarchies, in not considering justice in their desire to acquire additional territory.[8]. Matthew Arnold praised Grant and his book in an 1886 essay. The next year, he moved to New York City to go into business with his son Ulysses S. Grant, Jr. and Ferdinand Ward, a young investor who was described by his great-grandson Geoffrey Ward as "a very plausible, charming, unobtrusive, slender person with a genius for finding older people and pleasing them, which he learned early on."[6]. Da Capo Press. In the early stages of his work, he had the assistance of Adam Badeau, an author who had served on his staff during the war. Each copy contained what looked like a handwritten note from Grant himself. Grant stated that he did not even want to attend West Point, only going because his father thought it would be best, as Grant believed "a military life had no charms for me." Completed in the last year of his life, 1885, as Grant battled throat cancer and poverty, the “Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant” was published by Mark Twain shortly after Grant’s death. I felt like anything rather than rejoicing at the downfall of a foe who had fought so long and valiantly, and had suffered so much for a cause, though that cause was, I believe, one of the worst for which a people ever fought, and one for which there was the least excuse. The universally kind feeling expressed for me at a time when it was supposed that each day would prove my last, seemed to me the beginning of the answer to "Let us have peace.". Grant used his Personal Memoirs as a way to respond to negative criticism immediately following the war, especially present in his description of the Battle of Shiloh. When I went into the house I found General Lee. [6] The cancer spread through his body, so the family moved to Mount MacGregor, New York, in June 1885 to make him more comfortable. Grant also used his Personal Memoirs to explain his battlefield action and his motives for the way he led. This book contains the complete memoirs of the revered United States General and President, Ulysses S. Grant, including the original illustrations and maps. Publication date 1892 Topics Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson), 1822-1885, Dummies (Bookselling) Publisher New York, NY : C. L. Webster Collection bostonpubliclibrary; americana Digitizing sponsor Internet Archive "[13] In his Personal Memoirs, Grant portrayed himself as representative character of the North. Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S Grant Book Description : 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 (1822-1885), 18th president of the United States and the Union general who led the North to victory in the Civil War. They came from individual citizens of all nationalities; from all denominations—the Protestant, the Catholic, and the Jew; and from the various societies of the land—scientific, educational, religious or otherwise. Grant's writing has been praised for its conciseness and clarity—a sharp contrast from contemporary Civil War memoirs, which tended to reflect the Victorian fondness for elaborate language. New York: Charles L. Webster & Company, 1885-86. The reader finds himself...on edge to know how the Civil War is coming out" (Edmund Wilson). Read an electronic edition of Ulysses Grant's famous Personal Memoirs, a 19th-century bestseller.Battling terminal throat cancer, Grant raced to complete his account of … He was in constant pain from his illness and sometimes had the feeling that he was choking. Both of the photos pages are signed and there is a personal dedication page that is signed. The autobiography is unusual but not unique in that large sections of Grant's life (most notably, his childhood and his presidency) are given brief mention or not discussed at all. The two-volume set was published by Mark Twain shortly after Grant's death. Thick octavo, original green cloth, gilt cover medallions front and rear, patterned endpapers. His account of Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House is particularly notable: When I had left camp that morning I had not expected so soon the result that was then taking place, and consequently was in rough garb. His two-volume memoirs, sold door-to-door by former Union soldiers, have never gone out of print and were once as ubiquitous in American households as the Bible. Shipped with USPS Media Mail. It is titled Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant Vol. NPS/Ulysses S. Grant Library Collection. First edition. First edition of the autobiography of Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th President of the United States, which focusing mainly on his military career during the Mexican War and the Civil War. … The Northern troops were never more cruel than the necessities of war required. The memoirs were purchased in advance by a new publishing house, started by one Mark Twain, who idolized Grant as a young man. Grant suffered greatly in his final year. [18], Given over a century of favorable literary analysis, according to reviewer Mark Perry, the Memoirs are "the most significant work" of American non-fiction. 34, Issue 1 Spine creases, wear to binding and pages from reading. He portrayed himself in the persona of the honorable Western hero, whose strength lies in his honesty and straightforwardness. [15][page needed]. “I thought my life had been lived, for we had been inseparable,” she recalled in 1900. Mark Twain, Gertrude Stein, Matthew Arnold, Henry James, and Edmund Wilson hailed these works as great lit. Twain created a unique marketing system designed to reach millions of veterans with a patriotic appeal just as Grant's death was being mourned. With regard to the Mexican–American War, Grant recorded his belief that it had been waged unjustly: Generally, the officers of the army were indifferent whether the annexation was consummated or not; but not so all of them. 10 to 20 Astor Place, New York. The covers are in rough shape but the pages are all right. I placed the two books side by side upon the same high level, and I still think that they belonged there. Original green cloth with title and front panel in gilt, illustrated with numerous steel engravings, facsimiles, and 43 maps. What General Lee's feelings were I do not know. Perret argued that Grant in fact liked West Point, had few reservations at the time about the Mexican War and was a very good junior officer. It is a significant and gratifying fact that Confederates should have joined heartily in this spontaneous move. I do not question, however, the sincerity of the great mass of those who were opposed to us ... We soon fell into a conversation about old army times. Written as Grant was dying of cancer in 1885, the two-volume set was published by Charles L. Webster Company (Mark Twain’s firm) shortly after Grant’s death. I am not egotist enough to suppose all this significance should be given because I was the object of it. GOOD. Politics did not enter into the matter at all. As the commander of the Union army and a two-term president, he had a unique perspective on the war that interested both the public and historical scholars, as they wanted to hear his side of the story. Both volumes include numerous engravings, facsimile letters, … But Grant was largely disengaged from the company's business, often signing papers without reading them. Ten thousand agents canvassed the North, following a script that Twain had devised; many were veterans who dressed in their old uniforms. Octavo, 2 volumes. Only 5 left in stock (more on the way). The firm of Grant & Ward did well at first, bolstered by Ward's skills and Grant's name. Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant (Ulysses) 2-volume set 1885/1886 Civil War maps. Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site! Little & Co, Nos. On release, the book received universal critical praise. Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant by Ulysses S. Grant. Executive Director of the Ulysses S. Grant Association John F. Marszalek, Associate Editor David S. Nolen, and Assistant Editor Louie P. Gallo completed the project in order to contextualize the memoirs for the modern reader. SIGNED PERSONAL MEMOIRS OF U.S. GRANT 2 Volume Leather Shoulder Strap Set 1st Edition 1885. Our conversation grew so pleasant that I almost forgot the object of our meeting. Open 10am to 5pm – Monday through Saturday. He stated, "Up to the Battle of Shiloh, I, as well as thousands of other citizens, believed that the rebellion against the Government would collapse suddenly and soon, if decisive victory could be gained over any of its armies. Read Chapter LXVII of Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant by Ulysses S. Grant. The Complete Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant: The Autobiography of a General and U.S. President - Both Volumes, with Illustrations and Maps (Hardcover) Ulysses S Grant 4.7 out of 5 stars 137 He candidly depicts his battles against both the external Confederates and his internal Army foes. Title: Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, Complete Author: Ulysses S. Grant Release Date: June 1, 2004 [EBook No. The Personal Memoirs of Julia Dent Grant (Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant) by Julia Dent Grant and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at AbeBooks.com. I have a signed copy of Personal Memoirs of U S Grant. 226 WORTH AVE, PALM BEACH, FL 33480 | 561-508-3479, How to Care for Rare and First Edition Books. The Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant is an autobiography by Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th President of the United States, focused mainly on his military career during the Mexican–American War and the American Civil War, and completed as he was dying of throat cancer in 1885. New York: Charles L. Webster, 1885-86. Facing his mortality, Grant struck a publishing deal with his friend Mark Twain for his memoirs, hoping that they would provide for his family after his death. Badeau eventually settled with Grant's heirs for $10,000 (equivalent to $280,000 in 2019).[7]. President Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885) was one of the most esteemed individuals of the nineteenth century. Best book I’ve ever read:“The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant” My biggest feat so far this year: Organizing an 800-person pancake breakfast for Ohio Gov. In volume 1, he describes his family background and points to his simple upbringing as the reason for his solid, restrained virtues of a normal Northerner. My great grandmother signed her name inside and its dated Dec. 24, 1885. Frederick, who as a young boy of thirteen had accompanied his father to his famous first meeting in Washington with President Lincoln (Grant “arrived in a simple army coat, shorn of rank,” and, unrecognized as commander of the Union armies, was at … This copy belonged to Union General George Meade who famously defeated Confederate General Robert E. Lee at the Battle of Gettysburg during the U.S. Civil War! The former president bragged to friends that he was worth two and a half million dollars, and family members and friends poured money into the firm. "[17] Geoffrey Perret, the author of Ulysses S. Grant: Soldier and President staunchly disagreed with Grant's assertion that he was acting out of necessity and declared Grant's wartime conquests were against his Northern virtues. Grant penniless a significant and gratifying fact that Confederates should have joined heartily in this spontaneous move s. Praised as shrewd, intelligent, and I still think that they belonged.... 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