Grant Moves South

This report details the new home of the Papers of Ulysses S. Grant and the Ulysses S. Grant Association.

I hope the reception accorded Grant’s papers in Mississippi is better than the reaction I got in some corners when I was editing William T. Sherman’s wartime correspondence while I was teaching at Wofford College, in Spartanburg, South Carolina.  :)

Comments (4) to “Grant Moves South”

  1. But, Brooks, Mississippians did not particularly blame Grant for trying to burn down the South. Their ire was always focused on Sherman. I recall that the CWRT in Jackson would never allow anyone to speak on Cump.

  2. Is that big sign at Port Gibson, with a supposed quote from Grant that the town was “too pretty to burn” — or something like that –, still there?

  3. Speaking of Sherman, we are now upon the 144th anniversary of the entry of Sherman’s first troops into Savannah (Dec 21) and his Christmas-gift telegram to Lincoln (Dec 22). Apparently rcd by Lincoln on Christmas Day. How pleasing that must have been to the commander in chief. (In the next week, Sherman would belatedly learn of the Dec 4 death of his inant son Charles.)

  4. To be honest, I’d be surprised if anyone in South Carolina knew who the heck Sherman even was. I attended school there for my bachelor’s degree (history), and I never once heard mention of him in any gathering, social or academic…which is mystifying considering how badly he wrecked the place during his stay.

    By contrast, in Georgia (my home state) he’s a household name—and the devil incarnate at that—even though the total bill for damages done was considerably less.

    I guess it just goes to show the power of the media (read: Gone With The Wind) to change our perceptions of history. Maybe if the O’Hara’s plantation had been outside Columbia…