Hell is being a Republican in Virginia: the postwar friendship between Ulysses S.Grant and John S. Mosby

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https://www.c-span.org/video/?323321-1/discussion-john-singleton-mosby-ulysses-s-grant

A fascinating talk about how John Mosby became a good friend of Grant’s between the end of the war and the end of Grant’s life.

Immediately after the war Grant made it possible for Mosby to turn himself in by forbidding his arrest, then later countermanded Andrew Johnson, who had refused to issue a parole, writing it himself and handing it to Mosby’s wife. During his Presidency Grant’s friendship with Mosby deepened, and when Mosby became ostracized and threatened in Virginia Grant used his influence to get Mosby a diplomatic post in Hong Kong. Mosby was there to greet Grant during his world tour, and they spent ten days together. After Grover Cleveland’s election the Republicans were turfed out of the foreign posts to make way for Democrats, and Mosby sailed for California. Upon his arrival he was given a letter that Grant had written the day before he died of throat cancer, introducing him to a railroad magnate who employed him for many years. Years later, as Mosby himself was dying of cancer, he was approached by a mysterious stranger, handed a card and told to contact this person if he needed anything. The name on the card: Ulysses Grant III.
 

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https://www.c-span.org/video/?323321-1/discussion-john-singleton-mosby-ulysses-s-grant

A fascinating talk about how John Mosby became a good friend of Grant’s between the end of the war and the end of Grant’s life.

Immediately after the war Grant made it possible for Mosby to turn himself in by forbidding his arrest, then later countermanded Andrew Johnson, who had refused to issue a parole, writing it himself and handing it to Mosby’s wife. During his Presidency Grant’s friendship with Mosby deepened, and when Mosby became ostracized and threatened in Virginia Grant used his influence to get Mosby a diplomatic post in Hong Kong. Mosby was there to greet Grant during his world tour, and they spent ten days together. After Grover Cleveland’s election the Republicans were turfed out of the foreign posts to make way for Democrats, and Mosby sailed for California. Upon his arrival he was given a letter that Grant had written the day before he died of throat cancer, introducing him to a railroad magnate who employed him for many years. Years later, as Mosby himself was dying of cancer, he was approached by a mysterious stranger, handed a card and told to contact this person if he needed anything. The name on the card: Ulysses Grant III.
If you made a deal with Grant, he stood for you.
 
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https://www.c-span.org/video/?323321-1/discussion-john-singleton-mosby-ulysses-s-grant

A fascinating talk about how John Mosby became a good friend of Grant’s between the end of the war and the end of Grant’s life.

Immediately after the war Grant made it possible for Mosby to turn himself in by forbidding his arrest, then later countermanded Andrew Johnson, who had refused to issue a parole, writing it himself and handing it to Mosby’s wife. During his Presidency Grant’s friendship with Mosby deepened, and when Mosby became ostracized and threatened in Virginia Grant used his influence to get Mosby a diplomatic post in Hong Kong. Mosby was there to greet Grant during his world tour, and they spent ten days together. After Grover Cleveland’s election the Republicans were turfed out of the foreign posts to make way for Democrats, and Mosby sailed for California. Upon his arrival he was given a letter that Grant had written the day before he died of throat cancer, introducing him to a railroad magnate who employed him for many years. Years later, as Mosby himself was dying of cancer, he was approached by a mysterious stranger, handed a card and told to contact this person if he needed anything. The name on the card: Ulysses Grant III.
Looking forward to watching this. Had no idea Mosby became a Republican as the person we seem to hear the most about in that respect is Longstreet .

Thanks for adding and also filling in some of the details.
 
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