Dead Confederates, A Civil War Era Blog

Mrs. Grant’s Donation

Posted in Leadership, Media by Andy Hall on July 20, 2010

Rusty Williams, over at My Old Confederate Home blog, makes a great find: President Grant’s widow, Julia Dent Grant, made a $25 donation to the Confederate Soldier’s Home in Austin. Sure enough, the Galveston Daily News of March 15, 1889, confirms:

Aiding the Confederate Home

New York, March 14 — Secretary Oliver Downing of the New York Citizen’s committee, to aid the National Confederate Soldier’s home at Austin, Tex., has received a letter from General Alfred Pleasanton containing money. Another letter from Mrs. Grant incloses [sic.] a check for $25. The letter is as follows:

Oliver Downing, Secretary, Etc. — Dear Sir: General Grant’s kindly feelings toward the southern people, though they were once his enemies, is Mrs. Grant’s reasons for sending the inclosed check. She wishes you success in your efforts.

Fred D. Grant, for Mrs. Grant

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  1. Pontchartrain Girl said, on July 23, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    Beautiful blog, Andy!
    I’ll be hanging out here more.

  2. Brainz said, on August 12, 2010 at 4:10 am

    I’m just back from Grants’ (Ulysses S.’s and Julia D.’s) tomb — a great visit for a new CW buff. Gray kepis sold side by side with the blue ones.

    • Andy Hall said, on August 12, 2010 at 4:17 am

      Blue, gray — it’s all green, dude. . . .

      More seriously, you’ll enjoy U. S. Grant: American Hero, American Myth by Joan Waugh. The first half is a biography, and the second (better) half is a discussion of his legacy in our collective memory, especially the construction of the tomb.


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