ECW Weekender: Ulysses S. Grant Boyhood Home and Schoolhouse

Emerging Civil War

ECW Weekender-Headergrant-statue-wbase01Today, we are please to welcome guest author Adam Curtis, a trustee with the Ulysses S. Grant Homestead Association in Georgetown, Ohio.

In the spring of 1823, a short, stubborn man drove a buckboard wagon down the muddy roads of southern Ohio. The small hamlet he crossed into, Georgetown, was slated to be the county seat of Brown County, a jurisdiction only four years old. In the wagon were $1,100 in cash, a small bundle of furniture and possessions, the man’s wife, and their eleven-month-old baby boy. Buying a plot of land for fifty dollars, the man built a tannery along the swift-running Town Creek, and then a brick home across the street. That small boy would later grow into an accomplished painter, renowned horseman and, among other things, 18th President of the United States.

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