Excerpt from Civil War Officers; Union: Ulysses S. Grant; Excerpts From Newspapers and Other Sources
MY early recollections of General Grant extend from the time he was six or seven years of age, in 1828, or one year later, to the autumn of 1836. During that time we lived wit... hin three hundred yards of each other in the small village of Georgetown, the county seat of Brown County, 'ohio. From proximity, and perhaps from other causes, our association was intimate. When we were so small that we had the belief that in a much-swollen stream there must be a superabundance of fish, we were engaged with hook and line in an attempt to catch them. He ventured out on a barked poplar log, very slippery from the rain in an instant his feet were in the air, and he disappeared in the turbulent, muddy water. 'i rushed down the stream some thirty feet, where it narrowed, and willows partly undermined bent over the stream nearly to the surface of the water. Out upon one of these willows I clambered quickly, and grabbing my young companion as he was borne down by the swift current, helped him to reach the bank. It is not unlikely that this incident would have been entirely forgotten by me had he not worn at that time a Marseilles upper garment with red stripes, buttoning on the nether garment, as worn by children. It seemed to me so superb, that I was filled with regret that it should thus be irretrievably ruined. In the following pages a letter from General Grant, when at Nice, will be quoted, which alludes to this incident.
His mother at that time was perhaps thirty years of age, above medium height, graceful in manner, gracious to children, neat in person, and kept her children neatly clothed, which was rather unusual in that part of the world at that time, In after years the General told me that he had never seen his mother shed a tear; she had a cheerful countenance, a kind word to all, and in my eyes was very handsome, and, in reality, certainly was at least very pre possessing and agreeable.
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