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Category Archives: Ulysses S. Grant

The Honor of a Lady

Soon after his wealthy father died, I married Truxtun Beale and we moved to Washington, D.C. where I spent much time alone in his mother’s elegant Decatur House, across from the White House, while he traveled to Central Europe and Siberia and other rough places he couldn’t take me. In two years we nevertheless managed […]

Also posted in Bakersfield, Divorce, Edward Beale, Gold, Infidelity, Marriage, Mexican-American War, Mexico, Sex, Truxtun Beale

Ulysses S. Grant v. Robert E. Lee

Goddamn, here I am riding an unruly horse, blasted by a migraine worse than normal and not merely from drinking, and headed for the home of Wilmer McClean in Appomattox and confused why the hell I let General Robert E. Lee choose the location for his surrender. Maybe he doesn’t really intend to quit. After […]

Also posted in Abraham Lincoln, Appomattox, Civil War - American, Robert E. Lee

Cable Wars

Ben loves war documentaries especially those with Alexander riding Bucephalus into hostile flanks, and Washington rousing frozen untrained troops, and photogenic Grant and Lee posing before ordering slaughter of several hundred thousand young men, and grainy Great War footage showing death in fetid trenches, and better films of proud performers Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, Roosevelt, and […]

Also posted in Adolf Hitler, Alexander the Great, Benito Mussolini, Franklin Roosevelt, Joseph Stalin, Robert E. Lee, Short Pieces - GTC, Television, War

Education of Ulysses S. Grant

I loved this wonderful horse that cost twenty-five dollars but when the owner brought it to our house my father said it wasn’t worth more than twenty and that’s what he offered. The owner wouldn’t yield and left but I so earnestly urged my father to help he gave me confidential instructions and ordered me […]

Also posted in Abraham Lincoln, Alcohol, Civil War - American, Dominican Republic, Mexican-American War, Mexico, Ohio, Politics, West Point

Cruising in My First Car

I wish I’d been more on the ball and returned to somehow punish the scoundrel who sold me my first car. The deed occurred on an ominous weeknight when my stepfather drove me east of Sacramento to a fine suburban home where a slender dorky old man at least forty-five opened the door and said, […]

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