Education: The General's Notes

The tired old man, plagued by debt and long riddled with cancer, moved one day in June 1885 into a small woodland cottage at Mt. McGregor, N.Y. Many a biographer has recorded the last days of Ulysses S. Grant at that cottage, but few have known them as well as Hungarian-born Historian Stefan Lorant (Lincoln—A Picture Story of His Life—Harper; $6). Last week Lorant presented the source of his knowledge to West Point—a packet of manuscripts that he had bought from Grant's descendants. Among the manuscripts were nine tragic little notes, penciled by West Pointer Grant himself. Such notes were about...

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