samgrant said:From Bruce Catton in U. S. Grant and the American Military Tradition:
Slowly his ideas were changing. He had lived in a slave state, he despised abolitionists, his wife owned slaves given by her father, he himself had acquired ownership of a field hand from Colonel Dent. Yet in 1859, when he was giving up farming and was desperately pressed for money, and the one slave he owned could have been sold for a thousand dollars, he executed papers of manumission and gave the man his freedom."
5fish said:A enlightening fact:
We all know John Brown the great "ABOLISHIST". He was capture by Col. Lee and Lt. Stuart and sent to trail in Va.
He was wrongfully hung with Jackson watching on with his cadets from VMI.
John Brown's dad taught U.S. Grant's dad how to be a tanner. I do not know if U.S. Grant was around when his dad learned to be a tanner. I do not know if U.S. Grant as a child ever met John Brown future abolishist.
I believe U.S. Grant most likely grew up in a more pro-abolishist family. I believe he was smythic to the abolishist cause and supported it even if he didn't preach about it or wear it as a badge of honor.
A weird series of events that all interwined with each other.