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After his victory at Fort Donelson, Grant began receiving boxes of cigars from well-wishers and fans. And, as the war progressed, the cigars kept coming. But, let the General tell the story as he told it to General Horace Porter: "I had been a light smoker previous to the attack on Donelson .... In the accounts published in the papers, I was represented as smoking a cigar in the midst of the conflict; and many persons, thinking, no doubt, that tobacco was my chief solace, sent me boxes of the choicest brands .... As many as ten thousand were soon received. I gave away all I could get rid of, but having such a quantity on hand I naturally smoked more (cigars) than I would have done under ordinary circumstances, and I have continued the habit ever since."

Source: https://www.cigaraficionado.com/article/our-presidents-and-cigars-6103
 

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The Battle of Donelson recorded Grant holding an unlit cigar throughout the battle which occurred on February 15, 1862. Capturing Fort Donelson was a significant win for the Union and the Chicago Tribune reported Grant as smoking a cigar through the battle. Grant stated that the cigar was not lit but he seems to remember that he held it the entire time. This created gifts of cigars arriving in crates. It is reported that 10,000 cigars arrived soon after the battle. Grant put his pipe away and began smoking approx. 20 cigars a day. It is also reported that Grant's wife detested the pipe, not sure how she responded to the cigars. Grant actually died from throat cancer.
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http://www.jmarkpowell.com/the-gift-that-killed-general-grant/
https://www.grunge.com/218664/the-untold-truth-of-ulysses-s-grant/
 
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