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What emerges is not only a narratively engaging text but also a portrait as full and detailed as the many photographs taken over the course of Grant's life. At once intimate and scholarly, nuanced and authoritative, Ulysses S. Grant: An Album traces Grant's extraordinary life from his boyhood home in Georgetown, Ohio, across from his father's tannery, to his years at West Point and his brilliant career as a soldier, documenting his first triumph at Fort Donelson, his crucial victory at Vicksburg, and the costly battle of Cold Harbor.
McFeely also presents, in rich detail, Grant's family history, chronicling his love for his wife, Julia, their many homes -- from the proudly hand-built Hardscrabble to the White House -- and their momentous trip around the world. Grant the thinker, a man struggling with slavery and the meaning of freedom, emerges in other essays, as does Grant the author, writing his exhaustively detailed personal memoirs. Throughout the pages of Ulysses S. Grant: An Album, McFeely is, as ever, a scrupulous and learned guide.
A handsome volume that will appeal to enthusiasts and scholars alike, Ulysses S. Grant: An Album offers a wealth of images, along with a splendid text, that illuminate the man and his times in a way that words alone cannot.
|1||"Attributed to Slavery": Grant and the Meaning of the Civil War||3|
|2||Love Story: Julia and Ulyss||29|
|3||Presenting a General: Photographers at Work||47|
|4||"No Pen Portray": Grant and the Meaning of War||65|
|5||Havens and Houses: The Peripatetic Grants||83|
|6||Waifs Abroad: Around the World with General Grant||101|
|7||Grant's Book: Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant||127|
|Illustrations and Credits||141|