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Response to benld74 (Reply #6)

Thu Jun 4, 2020, 11:57 AM

11. The memoirs & Grant giving Wm. Vanderbilt

personal Civil War memorabilia and items collected from an overseas tour to settle the debt for money borrowed to try to save his son's firm.

Grant's artifacts ended up in the Smithsonian collection as noted in the SI article posted above. I haven't seen the series yet and don't know how much of this unfortunate story was covered in the film.

..After Grant's death in 1885, Vanderbilt gave the artifacts back to his widow, Julia Dent Grant, strictly on the condition that they be donated to the National Museum, which had opened to the public in October 1881.

..The group of objects became known as the Grant-Vanderbilt Collection here at the Smithsonian. The collection includes Grant's gifts from Japan and a ceremonial cane made out of scraps from the famous Civil War ironclad, the Merrimac. This massive donation helped establish the National Museum as a place for people to donate their historical objects.

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