Ulysses S. Grant Endorsed Check For One of his Highly Regarded “War Series” Articles

Ulysses S. Grant had refrained from following the example of other Civil War generals who published their memoirs with a haste he found preening and self-aggrandizing. He disliked talking about himself and professed that he lacked the literary ability and industry to hazard such a venture.

However, with the collapse of his...

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Ulysses S. Grant Endorsed Check For One of his Highly Regarded “War Series” Articles

Ulysses S. Grant had refrained from following the example of other Civil War generals who published their memoirs with a haste he found preening and self-aggrandizing. He disliked talking about himself and professed that he lacked the literary ability and industry to hazard such a venture.

However, with the collapse of his brokerage firm, Grant & Ward, and his health in decline, Grant knew he needed to repair his finances, and he signed with The Century Company to write four articles – on Shiloh, Chattanooga, the Wilderness, and Appomattox – for $500 each.

The Century Company published the prestigious Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine, which was widely regarded as the best general periodical of its time, performing a role as cultural arbiter during the 1880s and 1890s. The magazine became noted for its short stories, poems, articles on historical and current events, and fine woodcut illustrations, which set the standard for quality in late nineteenth century commercial art.

The Century’s greatest success was its series of articles on the history of the Civil War. The “War Series” began in November 1884 and continued for more than three years. It consisted of firsthand remembrances written by Union and Confederate combatants; 230 participants, from privates to generals, including Grant and Sherman, contributed.

This is the very check The Century Company issued to Grant for one of his articles for the War Series.

Century Company check, dated August 20, 1884, payable to Ulysses S Grant in the amount of $500. On the verso, Grant has signed and endorsed the check to his wife, Julia Grant.

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