Grant, Ulysses Simpson (1822-1885)

2 boxes (1 partial)

This collection is stored at Firestone Library.

Requests will be delivered to Manuscripts Division, RBSC Reading Room .

Collection Creator: De Coppet, Andre, 1892-1953..

Dates: 1858-1885.

Extent: 2 boxes (1 partial)

Languages: English.

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Grant served as the leading Union general in the American Civil War and eighteenth President of the United States (1869–1877). This file dates from 1858-1884 and primarily consists of correspondence written before and after his Presidency. Grant's role as general is prominently featured as many of the letters were sent directly from the battlefields of the Civil War. His correspondence with other generals and army officers captures the fevered pace and constant strategizing of the war. The progression of certain battles can be traced through the many notes he sent throughout the same day, week, or month. Telegraph notes marked "cipher" highlight the threat of enemy interception. Many of the letters were written from City Point, Virginia, the Union headquarters and base of supplies during 1864 and 1865. In addition to correspondence, there are miscellaneous documents at the end of the series.

Preferred Citation

Grant, Ulysses Simpson (1822-1885); 1858-1885; Andre De Coppet Collection, Manuscripts Division, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.

    Title Date Container
    Correspondence 1848 September 12-1885 June 20 Explore Multiple Containers
    Documents 1863 October 18-1882 December 16 Explore Multiple Containers

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