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My dearest Julia : the wartime letters of Ulysses S. Grant to his wife

Author: Ulysses S Grant; Ron Chernow
Publisher: New York, NY : Library of America, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Letter : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The Civil War's greatest general as you've never seen him before, in a revealing collection of letters to his wife Julia introduced by Ron Chernow. Ulysses S. Grant is justly celebrated as the author of one of the finest military autobiographies ever written, yet many readers of his Personal Memoirs are unaware that during his army years Grant wrote hundreds of intimate and revealing letters to his wife, Julia Dent  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Personal correspondence
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson), 1822-1885.
My dearest Julia.
New York, NY : Library of America, [2018]
(OCoLC)1020310655
Named Person: Ulysses S Grant; Julia Dent Grant; Julia Dent Grant; Ulysses S Grant
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Ulysses S Grant; Ron Chernow
ISBN: 9781598535907 1598535900
OCLC Number: 1057343303
Notes: Includes index.
"Special publication."
Description: 1 online resource (xvii, 166 pages)
Responsibility: with an introduction by Ron Chernow.

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The Civil War's greatest general as you've never seen him before, in a revealing collection of letters to his wife Julia introduced by Ron Chernow. Ulysses S. Grant is justly celebrated as the author of one of the finest military autobiographies ever written, yet many readers of his Personal Memoirs are unaware that during his army years Grant wrote hundreds of intimate and revealing letters to his wife, Julia Dent Grant. Presented with an introduction by acclaimed biographer Ron Chernow, My Dearest Julia collects more than eighty of these letters, beginning with their engagement in 1844 and ending with the Union victory in 1865. They record Grant's first experience under fire in Mexico ("There is no great sport in having bullets flying about one in evry direction but I find they have less horror when among them than when in anticipation"), the aching homesickness that led him to resign from the peacetime army, and his rapid rise to high command during the Civil War. Often written in haste, sometimes within the sound of gunfire, his wartime letters vividly capture the immediacy and uncertainty of the conflict. Grant initially hoped for an early conclusion to the fighting, but then came to accept that the war would have no easy end. "The world has never seen so bloody or so protracted a battle as the one being fought," he wrote from Spotsylvania in 1864, "and I hope never will again."

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