I'm 65 years old and have lived in the Akron-Tallmadge, Ohio area all of my life. For 10-years (1957-1967) I lived most summers at our home in Cook Forest, Pa. I'm a U.S. Army veteran (1971-1973). I collect many things such as: antique cars, antique firearms, movies, movie props, old newspapers and posters, Wyatt Earp items, Civil War items, John Wayne items, items from the old west including Native American items, just about anything historical. I've been married for 42-years. My wife and I have a son and a daughter and four granddaughters.
Not long before his death sitting on his front porch.
Last Photo Taken of Grant ~
Sitting on his front porch, Grant still writing his life story.
In The Field ~
General Grant during the Civil War
1861: Grant with staff in camp
1864: General Grant at HQ, Cold Harbor, Va.
1864: General Ulysses S. Grant with others by tents. City Point, Va.
Grant's Wife ~
Julia Boggs (Dent) Grant
1860: Grant's wife, son buck & daughter Nellie
1865: Julia (Dent) Grant, wife of Gen. Grant
Grant's Daughter ~
Nellie (Grant) Sartoris
1870: Mrs. Algernon Sartoris, (Nellie Grant)
Nellie with baby
Grant's Son ~
1898: Buck Grant, son of U.S. Grant
Grant's Associates ~
Schuyler Colfax, Grant's Vice President
Schuyler Colfax of Indiana, Vice President to US Grant, 1865
Colfax, Schuyler, 1865
President Grant's Funeral ~
He died July 23, 1885 at Mount McGregor, New York
Pres.Grant's horse at his funeral ~
U.S. Grant and his family on the porch of the Grant Cottage in 1885
Ulysses S. Grant's Document Box. 1864
Ulysses S. Grant's Shoulder Mark. 1864
Grant's Death Mask ~
One afternoon, I stopped by for lunch with the Grants. I got to join them in a family picture
Grant's daughter, Nellie was there. She was really hot in that flowered hat. What a babe! I felt out of place wearing a t-shirt and ball cap. But old U.S. told me to join them in the photo. He liked being called U.S. Got a real kick out of it.
A funny story about General Grant ~
The first meeting between Gen. Grant and Abraham Lincoln's wife, Mary, was less than pleasent. Mary was a very outspoken woman even with Abe. One thing that she couldn't tolerate was cigar smoke. Grant smoked the biggest, stinkiest cigars he could find and could fill a room with a smelly haze of smoke all by himself.
When Lincoln invited Grant to a private meeting at the White House to discuss appointing him to lead the union army during the Civil War, Grant lit up one of his trademark cigars in the Oval Office. President Lincoln, not wanting to be a bad host, did not say anything. However, when Mary Lincoln was asked to come in to meet the new general, the first thing she did was to pull the cigar from Grant's mouth and toss it out of the opened window. She told Grant, "we don't smoke in this house!" Stunned, Grant looked at her and said, "that cigar cost me 50 cents!" Mary replied, "well sir, you sure didn't get your money's worth out of that one." Grant never really cared for Mary Lincoln after that but he never made the mistake of lighting up a cigar in the White House again.
On his second visit some time later, while discussing troop movements with the president and cabinet members, Grant had a cigar in his mouth, but it was not lit. After awhile Mary came in and Grant saw her eyes instantly drawn to him. As the men stood up for her, grant raised his hand with the cigar between two fingers and stated, "It is not lit, madam! I need it to chew on, that's all." Mary gave a half smile and went about her business.