Happy Birthday, General Grant

April 27 is the birthday of Ulysses S. Grant.

Grant 1868

This is my favorite photograph of him. It was taken in 1868. A clearer print shows his eyes off to best advantage.

Then there is my favorite monument to him … the equestrian monument west of the U. S. Capitol in Washington, DC:


It captures the grim, silent, determined warrior rather well.

grant 52164 closeup

And here he is on May 21, 1864, smoking and thinking about what to do next.

We have only one image of Grant and Lincoln together … thanks to Winslow Homer’s pencil:

Lincoln Grant homer

Occasionally I wonder what it would be like to discuss matters with the general:



I’d even let George McClellan join in the conversation. Notice I’m the only one not drinking.