PRESIDENT ULYSSES S. GRANT - MANUSCRIPT LETTER SIGNED 5/1850 - HFSID 4892
ULYSSES S. GRANT: WARRIOR PRESIDENT The 28-year-old First Lieutenant sends a report from Detroit. Early Manuscript LS: "U.S. Grant" as 1st Lieutenant 4th Infantry, Regimental Quarter Master, 1p, 7¾x6¾ blue-lined paper. Detroit, Michigan, 1850 May. To Major General Thomas S.
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ULYSSES S. GRANT: WARRIOR PRESIDENT
The 28-year-old First Lieutenant sends a report from Detroit.
Early Manuscript LS: "U.S. Grant" as 1st Lieutenant 4th Infantry, Regimental Quarter Master, 1p, 7¾x6¾ blue-lined paper. Detroit, Michigan, 1850 May. To Major General Thomas S. Jesup, Quarter Master General, U.S. Army, Washington, D.C. In full: "I have the honor to enclose my Summary Statement and Muster Roll for April 1850." Ulysses S. Grant, who had been commissioned First Lieutenant of the Fourth Infantry on September 16, 1847, was ordered to Detroit, Michigan in April 1849. On May 30, just a few weeks after this letter was written, his wife the former Julia B. Dent, who was at home in St. Louis, gave birth to the couple's first child, Frederick Dent Grant. The couple had married on August 22, 1848 while Grant, a veteran of the Mexican War, was on a leave of absence from the Army. In the spring of 1851, Grant was transferred to Sackett's Harbor (New York), where he had previously served before going to Detroit. On July 5, 1852, he sailed from New York with his regiment for California via the isthmus of Panama. While at sea, he received word that his second child Ulysses S. Grant Jr., was born on July 22, 1852. As the troops were crossing the isthmus from the Atlantic to the Pacific, cholera infected one-seventh of the troops and Grant was left behind in charge of the sick. On arriving in California, he spent a few weeks with his regiment, then accompanied it to Fort Vancouver, Oregon. On August 5, 1853, he was promoted to Captain and joined his new company at Humboldt Bay, California. On July 31, 1854, Captain Grant resigned his commission and settled on a small farm near St. Louis, where his daughter Nellie and son Jesse were born. He engaged in farming and real estate until May 1860, when he moved to Galena, Illinois, becoming a clerk in the hardware and leather store owned by his father. When the Civil War began, he was appointed Colonel of the 21st Illinois Regiment of infantry, beginning a brilliant military career in the Civil War. The rest, as they say, is history. Shaded at folds, stains along right blank edge, chipped at left and lower edges. 1/8-inch vertical tear at upper left margin (all paper intact). Overall, fine condition.
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