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

Ulysses S. 1822-1885 Grant

Book - 2018

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 Chern...ow, 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 every 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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Library of America.
Personal correspondence
New York, NY : Library of America [2018]
Item Description
"Special publication."
Physical Description
xvii, 166 pages : portrait ; 20 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Main Author
Ulysses S. 1822-1885 Grant (author)
Other Authors
Ron Chernow (writer of introduction)
  • Introduction by Ron Chernow
  • Letters; Part I: June 4, 1844 to February 2, 1854
  • Part II: May 1, 1861 to April 25, 1865
  • Coda: Junes 29, 1885