General Ulysses S. Grant earned lasting fame in the annals of military history as the victorious general who forged the United States victory during the Civil War. Far less remembered are his achievements advancing peace in his postwar career.
Among other things, his foreign policy during his presidency successfully navigated several threats of war and in the process helped fuel an international movement to find alternatives to war. It turns out that the epitaph on Grant’s Tomb, “Let us have peace,” is meaningful even beyond Grant’s better-known feats that dealt directly with the Civil War and Reconstruction.
On Saturday, September 23rd at 1 pm at Grant Cottage State Historic Site author Frank Scaturro is an author, attorney with constitutional law expertise, historian and public advocate. As a college student, he spearheaded the restoration of Grant’s Tomb in New York City’s Riverside Park and is the current president of The Grant Monument Association which is dedicated to the preservation of Grant’s Tomb.
He is the author of several books including President Grant Reconsidered (1998) and The Supreme Court’s Retreat from Reconstruction (2000). Scaturro is also co-editor of Grant at 200: Reconsidering the Life and Legacy of Ulysses S. Grant (2022).
The program honors the U.N.’s International Day of Peace (September 21) and is Part 2 of the Friends’ second annual Grant Cottage Literary Landmark Author Series.
A book signing will be held at the conclusion of the program.
Grant Cottage is located at 1000 Mt McGregor Road, in Gansevoort, Saratoga County, NY. Visit their website for more information about the site.
Illustration: Ulysses S Grant (center left) next to Abe Lincoln with General William Tecumseh Sherman (far left) and Admiral David Dixon Porter (right) in “The Peacemakers” painting by George Peter Alexander Healy, 1868.