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Grant Memoirs

By General Grant

Published in 1885 and 1886 by Charles Webster & Co.

*First Edition* 


This is the 1st edition shoulder strap memoir set of Grant, titled 'Grants Personal Memoirs in Two Volumes'. This auction includes both volumes. Published by the company owned by Mark Twain, Charles L. Webster & Co. Volume one being published in 1885 while volume 2 was published in 1886.

Grant started work on his personal memoirs after enjoying doing a couple of articles for the Century War magazine. Mark Twain helped him complete the latter volume as Grant's health began to fail. General Grant died before actually seeing both volumes released to the public. These are the most famous memoirs of the Civil War era.

Grant's writing is honest and straight forward. Volume 1 contains Grant's ancestry, life at West Point, the Mexican War and the start of the Civil War through to the siege at Vicksburg. Volume 2 starts where volume 1 ended, covering the rest of the Civil War through to the surrender at Appomattox and Lincoln's assassination. All fold out maps and facsimile letters are present and in good shape.

Sampling of contents include; Grant's Ancestry, Boyhood, Graduation from West Point, Causes of the Mexican War, Corpus Christi, Spanish Rule in Mexico, Army of Occupation, Advance on the City of Mexico, Halls of the Montezuma, Promotion to 1st Lieutenant, Treaty of Peace, Mexican Bull Fights, Trip to the Caves of Mexico, Crossing the Isthmus, Arrival at San Francisco, Life at Galena, Outbreak of the Great Rebellion, Mustering Officer of State Troops, Lyon at Camp Jackson, March to Missouri, General Pope in Command, General Fremont in Command, Battle of Belmont, General Halleck in Command, Movement on Fort Henry, Investment of Fort Donelson, The Naval Operations, Promoted to Major General Advance upon Nashville, Confederate Retreat, The Army at Pittsburg Landing, The Confederate Attack at Shiloh, General Sherman, General Buell, General Johnston, Remarks on Shiloh, Occupation of Corinth, On the Road to Memphis, Movements on Bragg, Advance upon Chattanooga, Advance of Van Dorn and Price, Command of the Department of Tennessee, Campaign Against Vicksburg, Sherman Ordered to Memphis, General McClernand in Command, Fortifications About Vicksburg, Operations at Yazoo Pass, Running the Batteries, Attack on Gran Gulf, Movement against Jackson, Battle of Champion's Hill, Siege of Vicksburg, Meeting with General Pemberton, Surrender of Vicksburg, Sherman's Movements, Ordered to Report to Cairo, General Rosecrans, Commanding Military Division of Mississippi, Andrew Johnson's Address, Assuming the Command at Chattanooga, Rebuilding the Railroad, General Burnside's Situation, Hooker's Position, Sherman Carries Missionary Ridge, Battle of Lookout Mountain, General Hooker's Fight, Pursuit of the Confederates, Longstreet in East Tennessee, Commanding the Armies of the United States, First Interview with President Lincoln, Sheridan assigned Command of the Cavalry, Colonel Mosby, An Incident of the Wilderness Campaign, General Butler's Position, Sheridan's First Raid, Grand Movement of the Army of the Potomac, Crossing the Rapidan, Battle of the Wilderness, Battle of Spottsylvania, Hancock's Position, Reducing the Artillery, Moving on Richmond, Battle of Cold Harbor, Correspondence with General Robert E. Lee, The Investment of Petersburg, Raid on the Virginia Central Railroad, Raid on the Weldon Railroad, Early's Movement upon Washington, Sheridan's Victory in the Shenandoah, The Campaign in Georgia, Sherman's March to the Sea, The Battle of Nashville, An Anecdote of Abraham Lincoln, Sheridan Destroys the Railroad, Gordon Carries the Picket Line, Meeting President Lincoln in Petersburg, The Capture of Richmond, Negotiations at Appomattox, Interview with General Lee at McLean's House, Terms of Surrender, The End of the War, The March to Washington, Estimate of Different Corps Commanders. Plus much more!

List of plates and maps include; Brevet Second Lieutenant U.S. Grant at the age of 21 years, from an old Daguerreotype taken at Bethel, Clermont County, Ohio in 1843, engraved on steel * Fac-simile of handwriting. Birthplace at Point Pleasant, Clermont County, Ohio * Map of Monterey and it approaches * Map of the Valley of Mexico * Map of the Battlefield near Belmont *Map showing relative positions of Fort Henry and Fort Donelson * Map of Fort Donelson * Facsimile of General Buckner's Dispatch to terms of capitulation and General Grant's reply * Map of the field of Shiloh, Map of the country about Corinth * Map of Battles of Corinth and Iuka * Map of Vicksburg Campaign * Map of Bruinburg, Port Gibson and Gran Gulf * Map of Country about Jackson, Mississippi * Map of the BAttle of Champion's Hill * Map of Battlefield of Big Black River Bridge * Map of the siege of Vicksburg * Map of the line of defenses Vicksburg to Haine's Bluff * Lieutenant General U.S. Grant, engraved on steel * Map of Knoxville, Nashville and Chattanooga * Map of the Battlefield of Chattanooga * Map of the Meridan campaign * Map of Bermuda Hundred * Map of General W.T. Sherman's campaign, Chattanooga to Atlanta * Map showing the siege of Atlanta * Map of the Wilderness campaign * Map of the Battle of the Wilderness * Map of the country between the Wilderness and Spottsylvania Court House * Map of the Battle of Spottsylvania * Map of the Battle of North Anna * Map of operations between the Pamunkey and the James Rivers * Map of Central Virginia * Map of the Battle of Cold Harbor * Map of Richmond * Map of the Shenandoah Valley * Map of Sherman's march to the sea * Map of the Nashville campaign South * Map of Fort Fisher * Map of Sherman's march North * Map of Petersburg and Five Forks * Map of the Appomattox Court House * Etching of McClean's House where General Robert E. Lee's surrender took place * Facsimile of the original terms of Lee's surrender as written by General Grant * Map of the defenses of the city of Mobile * Map of the Seat of War, 1861 to 1865.

Condition of  volume 1 is good while volume 2 is in very good condition..A couple of 1/8" tears to front edge of volume 2's title page. General toning of pages consistent with books that are 120 years old.  Volume one's rear hinge has its paper cracked but the hinge is secured by the mesh.

These are nice volumes in collectible condition and would make an excellent addition to any Civil War library!


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