Physical Description:xiv, 361 p. : ill., ports. ; 25 cm. print
Edition:1st Vintage Civil War Library ed.
Publisher:New York : Vintage Books, 2010.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (p. -345) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Julia Dent Grant. The winds of change, the shelter of tradition - "One long summer of sunshine": Growing up in Missouri -- "But one sweetheart in his life": The courtship of Julia Dent Grant -- "His loving little wife": Creating a home and starting a family -- "Cheer up, make the best of this": The return to civilian life -- "As I was a Democrat at that time": The opportunities of war -- "The horrid old Constitution": Julia's personal war -- "If your mind is made up": Marital relations in wartime -- "There will be an outbreak tonight": Victory and assassination -- "What shouts went up!": A hero and his wife -- "Ulys, do you wish to be President?": The early White House years -- "Nice people, questionable people, and people who were not nice at all": Weddings and scandals in the White House -- "A waif on the world's wide common": Julia becomes a world traveler -- "Do you not desire success?": From politics to poverty -- "Warmed in the sunlight of his loyal love and great fame": Julia becomes a widow -- "Living again, with the aid of my fancy and my pen": Julia Dent Grant writes her memoirs.
In the life stories of three "accidental heroes"--women whose marriages provided them with position and perspective they would not otherwise have had--one of the nation's premier historians offers a unique understanding of the tumultuous social and political landscape of their time.