- Jan 24, 2017
Today is Julia Dent Grant's Birthday.
She was a loyal wife to her husband, Ulysses S. Grant, and the woman behind the man who attained victory for the Union during the Civil War.
Her reflections of him in the period after he resigned his Commission from the army, and regarding subsequent opions expressed by others, reveal her sense of loyalty.
"I have been both indignant and grieved over the statement of pretended personal acquaintances of Captain Gant at this time to the effect that he was dejected, low-spririted, badly dressed, and even slovenly. Well, I am quite sure they did not know my Captain Grant, for he was always perfection, both in manner and person, a cheerful, self-reliant, earnest gentleman. His beautiful eyes, windows of his great soul; his mouth so tender, yet so firm. One must not deem me partial if I say General Grant was the very nicest and handsomest man I ever saw, and I have seen his great army of one millon men, all brave, all handsome, gallant soldiers. May I confess right here and tell of how my loving heart swelled with pride and gratitude to know that my own beloved General was commander of this grand, victorious army?"
The Personal Memoirs of Julia Dent Grant (Mrs Ulysses S. Grant)