Not only were these grandsons named after their famous grandfathers, but each achieved some renown in his own right and each wrote a book about his namesake ("Ulysses S. Grant: Warrior and Statesmen" in 1969 and "John C. Pemberton: Defender of Vicksburg" in 1942); Grant, the son of General Grant's eldest son Frederick, attained the same rank as his grandfather (general in the U.S. Army) and served with distinction in both World Wars. Item #46229
Three items: First, from Grant is a TLS, 1p, 6½" X 10¼", Clinton, NY, 12 January 1963. Addressed to noted Lincoln/Civil War scholar Arnold F. Gates (1914-93). Near fine. On imprinted letterhead, Grant thanks this officer of the New York Civil War Round Table "for my complimentary membership card in the N.Y. Civil War Round Table" and chats about arranging to bring an old New York friend with him to their next meeting. "I need hardly assure you that I am looking forward to the occasion with rather special anticipations." Boldly signed in his usual teal blue ink. Original envelope present, addressed to Gates in Grant's hand. Second, from Pemberton is an ANS, 1p, 5¼" X 8½", New York, NY, 4 March 1963. Same correspondent. Very good. On "From John C. Pemberton" stationery, Pemberton asks Gates "Please don't forget to send that Vicksburg Medallion to Genl. Grant -- at my expense," signing with initials. Accompanying this pair is a superb 8" X 10" glossy black and white closeup photograph of Grant and Pemberton side by side at Civil War Round Table function on January 13, 1963 -- the day after Grant wrote his letter -- with him holding a large ornate plaque naming him "Honorary President of The Civil War Round Table of New York." Near fine. An original, likely one-of-a-kind print probably taken by Gates. A quite unusual and fascinating trio.