I saw this small vignette and thought I would pass along.
Two Grant books are on my short list of Best 2011 Reads. I learned much from Joan Waugh’s U.S. Grant: American Hero, American Myth, even if I did not agree with all of Professor Waugh’s conclusions. Charles Bracelen Flood’s Grant’s Final Victory: Ulysses S. Grant’s Heroic Last Year is a readable account of, as the subtitle suggests, Grant’s triumph over the health and financial difficulties he faced while toiling on his memoirs in 1884-85. Grant’s death was slow, painful, and very public. Flood is especially strong on the financial shenanigans that cost Grant and his family their fortune. So strapped for cash was Grant that when he left his Manhattan townhouse some mornings the former general and President of the United States often walked twenty to thirty blocks to and from his home to avoid paying cab fare.
A trip to Missouri and Illinois to see the Grant and Lincoln sites is in the early stages. Hopefully this will transpire in 2-3 short years.