Grant, Ulysses S.

About the Author Ulysses S. Grant (born Hiram Ulysses Grant; April 27, 1822 – July 23, 1885) was the 18th President of the United States (1869–77). As Commanding General, Grant worked closely with President Abraham Lincoln to lead the Union Army to victory over the Confederacy in the American Civil War. He implemented Congressional Reconstruction, often at odds with Lincoln’s …

Bronson, Spencer – November 5, 1865

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HOPE Douglas Hospital Nov 5th/65 Dear Sister This is a cold blustering day. A day in which true comfort can be easier found inside the wall of a close room than out of doors within the blast of the kene [ ? ] wind.

Keeler, Alonzo M. – June 17, 1865

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Chattanooga, Tenn June 17, 1865 Martin, Flora, John, Bruce and Ella Dear Children, I have been hoping for a long time that I should get released and get home with you before this. But everything is so unsettled that it has seemed necessary to keep us until now. Orders have to pass from General Thomas to General Steedman and then to the Brigade Commander and from him to the Commander of the Regiment.

Shafer, Marion A. – May 7, 1865

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Seventh Mich Cav. Camp near Petersburg Va Sunday May 7th 65 Dear people at home A beautiful morning this – the weather was exceedingly warm yesterday – the hotest of the season – so far = thanks to the cool breeze that fans us poor fellows this morning. When I wrote you last – Expected that we would leave here

Clark, Gardner B. – April 23, 1865

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Washington D.C. April 23rd 1865 My Mary. My Own Darling Wife. “Clarke” has turn ed up at last. “Blake” and I made our grand entrce into this place about noon today. We left Detroit by way of the boat for Cleveland thursday night.

Wellman, Irvin – April 20, 1865

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Camp near Petersburg, Va. April 20th, 65 Friend Elon, I recd. your letter of the 26th & you may bet I was glad to hear from you & to hear that Rube was once more out of the hands of the Rebs. He was in luck to get out alive. I was expecting everyday to hear bad news from him but I hope now he has got home he will come around alright.

Hall, Lovinus A. – February 23, 1865

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Camp Russel Feb 23th 1865 Dear Sister I have waited a long time in vain for a letter from you but I am satisfied you have not neglected to write so long as this This is the fourth letter I have written to you and have not rec but one in return that was dated Nov 13th/64 and you spoke about sending some papers I have not rec a mich paper from any body

Shafer, Marion A. – September 7, 1864

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Pleasant Valey M.D. Wednesday Sept 7th 1864 Dear folks at home I received “Joes” and Loraines letter mailed Aug 30th in due time and as I wrote to Mat that day I thought I would wate a day or two before I answered yours. since then we have had some severe stormy weather

Colby, Lloyd H. – August 4, 1864

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Petersburg Va Aug 4th 1864 Dear Cousin I now take my pen in hand to inform you that I am well I have not heard eney thing from Stewartstown for Some time I thought I would write you a few lines thinking that I might get an answer Last Spring when so many Wisconsin Brave sons was going to fill up the broken rank of our Nation I thought it my duty to Volinteer and go to my Country’s call all though it was hard to part with home and go and face the rebel bullets but the 26th of last Feb. I enlisted in Company B 6th Reg Wisconsin Vol and went into Camp at Madison

Wasson, Thomas – August 2, 1864

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Carter Station Tenn August the 2nd Dear Friend yours of the 25th of July came to hand this morning I was some what surprised to learn that you had not got my letters for Jackson I wrote from and again from Louisville and then waited for an answer

Hogmire, Mitchell H. – July 22, 1864

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DuValls Bluff Ark July 22 Dear Wife I have taken this opportunity to inform you of my health and also of the receiption of your letter which bears date of June 24 You will think it strange perhaps of its tary on the road but we only get mail when a fleet of boats come in not oftener than once in 3 weeks But write just as often I will get them some time Now as to our health mine is good and so is Edwin.

Scott, George W. – July 4, 1864

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Harisons Fery Tenn July 4th 1864 How are you Met how and whare do you find you self this fine fourth of July? Enjoying your self first rate I hope. Of course you are. I am well to day and enjoying myself as well as I can up here in the woods I havent been doing an thing to day but fery a few folks across the river. Never the less I have enjoyed my self pretty well because I know I cant help it if I cry my eyes out.

Slater, William – June 14, 1864

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Head Quarters, First Reg. Michigan Co. F, Engineers and Mechanics Camp Brigeport Alabama June 14th 1864 With intention as I have maid up my mind to send you a few more lines as I do not geel satisfied abot the matter I did not think as Mr. Lawson was such a man as he is I though that there ware some thing long with not riting to me no more but you never mind it will do him no good

Scott, George W. – June 12, 1864

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Nelsons Ferry Tenn June 12th 1864 Mett how ar you by this time I am well as usual and enjoying my self first rate I received your kind letter day before yesterday and was very glad to hear from you

Clay, John – June 9, 1864

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June 9 1864 Little Rock Arkansas Dear cousin i received your letter may 25 we was glad to here that you was all well but i was sorry to heare of georges missfortune

Burns, Robert – June 4, 1864

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Head-Quarters 1st Brigade, 2nd Cavalry Division, Department of the Cumberland, Camp near Etowah G’a June 4 1864. My dear Mother We are still kept moving being allowed to stay but a very short time in one place. Since I wrote you on the 22nd ult we have been scouting and marching around in this section of the country.

Fisher, John K. – May 26, 1864

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On Board the Steamer Dictator May 26 1864 My Dear sister again I seat my self to write a few lines to you to let you know where I am

Burns, Robert – May 20, 1864

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Head Quarters 1st Brigade 2d Cav’y Div 4 miles South of Kingston Ga. May 20/64 My dear Davidson We are at the front as you see. Since I wrote you on the 11th from Villanous we have been constantly on the move. One the 15th we went to within three miles of Rome where we ran on to a large force of the rebels.

Hogmire, Mitchell H. – May 12, 1864

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Saint Louis May 12th 64 Dear Wife I have a few moments of reflection and will improve them by conversing with you through the blessed comfiture the Pen To night I am not feeling very well was sick all night last night and this forenoon with the sick head ache and fever but am feeling some better now think if I am carefull I will get along all right Edwin is well he is cooking now with John for the Company

Burns, Robert – May 11, 1864

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Head-Quarters 1st Brigade, 2nd Cavalry Division, Department of the Cumberland, Villanous, Georgia May 11 1864. My dear Davidson Yet on the move you see. I believe we have now our position and are here expected to do our part in the great battle which must take place within a few hours.

Bronson, Spencer – April 24, 1864

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Head Quarters B Co 7 Wis Vet April 24 1864 Dear Sister It is a very warm morning & were it not for a cool breeze (sent to us by Neptune from the ocean) the weather would be almost intolerable. The past week has been very pleasant no rain having falling to make the roads impassable & thus keep us confined to our camp

Merrill, Simeon B. – April 23, 1864

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Camp near Brandy Virginia April 23rd/64 Dear Wife I thought that I would write a few lines to you this afternoon to let you know that I am well and in good Spirits hoping that they may find my little family the same it is Saturday afternoon and all we have to do is to clean our guns and get ready for inspection this evening

Phelps, George – March 27, 1864

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March the 27 1865 camp near Stevensb Va Dear wife it is with pleasure that inow sit down to wright afew lines to you to let you know that iam well at present and hope thes few lines may find you the same we have verry fine wether here at present but it has been verry rough ireceived alettr from you last night