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Mrs. Ulysses S. Julia Dent Grant

Julia Dent Grant
Mathew Brady Studio, active 1844 - 1894
Chicago Albumen Works
Julia Boggs Dent Grant, 26 Jan 1826 - 14 Dec 1902
c. 1864 (printed later)
Modern albumen print from wet plate collodion negative
Image: 8.9 × 5.9 cm (3 1/2 × 2 5/16")
Sheet: 12.7 × 10.2 cm (5 × 4")
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Frederick Hill Meserve Collection
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Born White Haven, near St. Louis, Missouri
Julia Grant served as a stabilizing influence in the life of her husband, Ulysses S. Grant. She remained steadfast in her devotion and her belief in his potential, despite a series of setbacks that plagued the couple during the early years of their marriage. When Grant reentered military service during the Civil War, his need for his wife’s companionship and counsel was such that Julia hastened to join him in the field whenever possible. Throughout the war, no general’s wife spent as much time in army encampments as she did. While traveling to meet her husband in Oxford, Mississippi, in December 1862, Julia narrowly avoided capture by Confederate raiders when they swept into the town of Holly Springs. She later joined Grant at his encampments in Jackson, Memphis, Nashville, Vicksburg, and City Point. At the war’s conclusion, Julia accompanied her husband to Washington, D.C, along with his victo- rious troops.
Nacida en White Haven, cerca de St. Louis, Misuri
Julia Grant fue una influencia estabilizadora en la vida de su esposo, Ulysses S. Grant. Le fue siempre devota y creyó en su potencial, a pesar de las dificul- tades que sufrió el matrimonio en sus primeros años. Cuando Grant se reincorporó al ejército durante la Guerra Civil, añoraba tanto la compañía y el consejo de su esposa que ella se apresuraba a su encuentro en el campo de batalla tan pronto le era posible.
Ninguna otra esposa de un general pasó tanto tiempo en los campamentos durante la guerra. En camino a reunirse con su esposo en Oxford, Misisipi, en diciembre de 1862, estuvo a punto de ser captu- rada por confederados que saquearon el pueblo de Holly Springs. Luego se uniría a Grant en campa- mentos en Jackson, Memphis, Nashville, Vicksburg y City Point. Al fin de la guerra, Julia acompañó al general hasta Washington, D.C., junto a sus tropas victoriosas.
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National Portrait Gallery
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