This book contains the complete memoirs of the revered United States General and President, Ulysses S. Grant, including the original illustrations and maps. He remarked that he remembered me very well in the old army; and I told him that as a matter of course I remembered him perfectly, but from the difference in our rank and years (there being about sixteen years' difference in our ages), I had thought it very likely that I had not attracted his attention sufficiently to be remembered by him after such a long interval. I was without a sword, as I usually was when on horseback on the field, and wore a soldier's blouse for a coat, with the shoulder straps of my rank to indicate to the army who I was. 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. The two-volume set was published by Mark Twain shortly after Grant's death. "The best memoirs of any general's since Caesar" (Mark Twain). New York: Charles L. Webster, 1885-86. Paperback. [12] The Memoirs quickly became a best seller. As he was a man of much dignity, with an impassible face, it was impossible to say whether he felt inwardly glad that the end had finally come, or felt sad over the result, and was too manly to show it. Gertrude Stein also admired the book, saying she could not think of Grant without weeping. Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant by Ulysses S. Grant. “I thought my life had been lived, for we had been inseparable,” she recalled in 1900. 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 … 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." …I was able to say in all sincerity, that the same high merits distinguished both books—clarity of statement, directness, simplicity, unpretentiousness, manifest truthfulness, fairness and justice toward friend and foe alike, soldierly candor and frankness, and soldierly avoidance of flowery speech. Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant. Grant finished the manuscript on July 18; he died five days later. 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.". 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]. This first edition publication of Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant was published by Charles L. Webster & Co. in 1885 and 1886. In near fine condition. Mark Twain, Gertrude Stein, Matthew Arnold, Henry James, and Edmund Wilson hailed these works as great lit. 10 to 20 Astor Place, New York. The front cover of a first edition copy of Julia Dent Grant's Personal Memoirs (1975). GRANT, Ulysses S. [U.S.]. Grant deliberately avoids comment on Reconstruction, apart from saying that he favored black suffrage. … After Shiloh, I gave up all idea of saving the Union except by complete conquest. 34, Issue 1 He later held ambassadorial posts under Grant's administration, assisted in the early stages of the writing of Grant's Memoirs and published his own exhaustive work on Grant's campaigns. New York: Charles L. Webster and Co., 1885-86. Grant wrote of his participation in the Mexican War of 1846–1848, a war he did not support. Open 10am to 5pm – Monday through Saturday. I am not egotist enough to suppose all this significance should be given because I was the object of it. ITEM DESCRIPTIONThis auction is for a two volume signed first edition of "Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant" that are copyright 1885 by Ulysses S. Grant and published by Charles L Webster & Co. of New York and pressed at J. J. [6] This proved disastrous, as Ward had used the firm as a Ponzi scheme, taking investors' money and spending it on personal items, including a mansion in Connecticut and a brownstone in New York City. Octavo, 2 volumes. I have a book that belonged to my great grandmother. GOOD. … The Northern troops were never more cruel than the necessities of war required. It is titled Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant Vol. Matthew Arnold praised Grant and his book in an 1886 essay. 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. There are also numerous facsimile letters and correspondence bound into Volume II.[11]. After the war, Grant was portrayed as a ruthless leader who stopped at nothing to make sure the South was destroyed. 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. 226 WORTH AVE, PALM BEACH, FL 33480 | 561-508-3479, How to Care for Rare and First Edition Books. 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 General Grant and the Historians, 1981–2006,", Russell, Henry M. W. "The memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant: The rhetoric of judgment,", Rafuse, Ethan Sepp. Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant (Ulysses) 2-volume set 1885/1886 Civil War maps. The reader finds himself...on edge to know how the Civil War is coming out" (Edmund Wilson). Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant by Ulysses S. Grant. Two volumes. President Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885) was one of the most esteemed individuals of the nineteenth century. But Grant was largely disengaged from the company's business, often signing papers without reading them. 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. Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site! The two leading generals of the Union army at Shiloh were Grant and General Don Carlos Buell and they had very differing accounts of the battle. [14], Grant goes to the point of declaring himself as "unmilitary" while continually stressing his simple nature. “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 … 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. Only 5 left in stock (more on the way). That fall, the former president was diagnosed with terminal throat cancer. The memoirs were purchased in advance by a new publishing house, started by one Mark Twain, who idolized Grant as a young man. Hardcover. Despite his condition, he wrote at a furious pace, sometimes finishing 25 to 50 pages a day. 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. "[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. When I went into the house I found General Lee. First edition. 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… 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. ", 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. 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